With as many single friends and family members as my husband and I have, we’ve been thinking back on our own single and dating years a lot. We’ve talked about the things that we think we did right, and we’ve discussed the things that we wish we had done differently. It’s funnier how much clearer things are now.
We both firmly feel that, before you ever go looking for a spouse, you need to sit down and figure out who you are and what you believe. Here are some steps you can take to do that:
1. Figure out what your core convictions are. What are the things that you believe that there is no compromising on. These are the “big deal” things. These can be broad (such as that Jesus Christ died for the sins of all), or minute (such as the King James Version is the only accurate current English version). They can also be about doctrine or about lifestyle. For instance, being a strict Calvinist relates more to your religious walk, whereas how women should dress is related more to day-to-day living. Whatever the case, these are things that you will not compromise or be swayed on. Your spouse will either have to agree with you or compromise themselves.
2. Figure out what you believe that is open to compromise. For instance, you may think that all moms should be stay-at-home moms, but it’s more of a preference than a conviction. This is a “not so big of a deal” thing. Again, these can be broad, minute, doctrinal, or related to lifestyle.
3. Analyze your lists.
-How long are your lists? Ideally, your core convictions should be much shorter than your “not so big of a deal” list. If it’s not, then you need to figure out why. You are either a.) Very, very firmly convicted, b.) Legalistic, or C.) Too set in your ways. Conversely, if you have hardly any core convictions, why is that? Have you really had the time to sit down and figure out what you believe?
-Why are these your convictions? Think about your core convictions especially…why are these so important to you? If you believe all women should wear skirts, or that Christians should never drink alcohol, why is that? Do your convictions actually come from fervent prayer and searching of the scripture, pressuring parents, or being too steeped in legalism?
4. Keep those lists with you. As you go looking for a spouse, use these lists as a guide. Keep them in the back of your mind as you evaluate
Look for some more thoughts on finding a spouse from my husband and I soon!