It's week 2 of our Dateable series on relationships in high school small groups. This week we talked about technology and dating.
Have you ever had a cold that got so bad you ended up losing your voice? When you don't have a voice, you start to notice how much you need it. In order to be someone who is dateable, you have to learn how to talk and listen with others. And these days there are about a million ways to communicate. But for all the good technology has done, in some ways, it's making us less dateable. It's easy for us to be someone we're not. So the question is, how can we move forward in our dating relationships with the right balance of technology and real communication?
John wrote, "I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete." He knew that some conversations had to be saved for real, in-person conversations. God gave us the ultimate example of how important being face-to-face is when He sent Jesus.
So how do we become people who can have real conversations with real living people? Be present and be brave. Loving your neighbor as yourself, like we talked about last week, is being willing to have your difficult and honest conversations in person. So if you want to be the most dateable you can be, remember, there's a place for face-to-face.
There's a place for face-to-face.
"I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete." -2 John 1:12 NIV
Continue the Conversation: Questions for Family Discussion at Home
- What's your favorite way to communicate with people?
- Why is communicating face-to-face so much more difficult than texting?
- What kinds of conversations do you think should always happen face-to-face?
- What's one thing you can do differently to be brave in face-to-face conversations?