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We judge the success of our time with the Lord by what we get out of it, by what we remember, by what we’ve learned.We consider our devotions a success when we learn some new fact about God or about the Bible.Jeremy Clark takes a Biblical perspective to promote a healthy discussion about dating.
We get discouraged and want to give up when we feel like we have learned nothing through that day’s devotions. What if the point of devotions is less about learning about God and more about spending time with God?
If we haven’t learned anything new we know that our date hasn’t been so good and we swear that we’ll do better next time. We know we’ve had a good date when we’ve enjoyed spending time together. We can go shopping and sit in a bookstore and consider it a great date.
Because this is the point of dating–to accumulate knowledge about the person you love. We return home refreshed, renewed and loving one another more than when we set out. But isn’t it funny that when it comes to personal devotions, when it comes to our relationship to the Lord, we change the rules.
Those experts must all have lots of money or access to free babysitters because there’s just no way we can afford to pay someone the going rate to watch the kids every 2 weeks. We both know that the main point of spending this kind of time together is to return home with a lot of new knowledge about one another.
What we do instead is wait until all the kids are at school on a Monday or a Wednesday and we set out on a midday date. We like to head to a favorite restaurant and split a sandwich and an order of 4-cheese spinach dip. And when we head home we know we’ve had a good date if we’ve learned things about the other that we didn’t know before. But it’s not at all how we gauge the success of our dates. We just need to be together, enjoying one another’s presence.