What is love really like when you are seeking a soulmate? Do Christian singles know where their focus should be and what to look for in a person? What makes a great relationship or a disastrous one? Below are some great points to consider when searching for love online.
Dear Jim: Where is your focus as you seek a soulmate?
Dating is an adventure and using the Internet to find others singles is even more of an adventure. My experience in relating to singles has shown over and over again that they place their focus on what they do NOT currently have – versus considering the full dimension of elements essential to a good relationship and what love is about.
What are singles driven by?
Singles are driven by passion. This is a sexual drive that God gave to us and when used as a focus – it drives us crazy. We will spend hours using the Internet to pour over profiles of others and receive a rush just thinking about all the options. It makes one hungry and singles too often begin to fill dating sites with emails in hopes of finding a soulmate to love them. This focus causes them to forget about all the other essential things so important to a future marriage and what is love really about.
Allow me to illustrate this with a question. After one gets married, what percentage of time do you think they will be involved in sex? Let’s be generous and say that it could approach 5% (really???). That leaves 95% of the time that will be involved in all the other things that make up a great relationship OR a disastrous one. Would it not serve a single well to think about these other things when interacting with others?
What should you be looking for in a potential soulmate?
What other things are important? How about character? How about people skills? What about financial discipline? Is there spiritual compatibility? These things take time to surface and reveal themselves. This is the primary reason why I encourage singles to take it slowly as they begin to date to allow time to reveal ALL the things that are so important in a potential mate and in the search for what is love.
Related past blog post: What to look for in a Christian relationship.
Where is your focus? There is nothing wrong or bad about our sexual drives – IF they are kept in a healthy perspective. God’s Spirit is available 24/7 to guide you to the wisest choices in all areas of your life.