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Invest what you have, because after a while you will get a return. 2 Invest what you have in several different businesses, because you don’t know what disasters might happen. If clouds are full of rain, they will shower on the earth. A tree can fall to the north or south, but it will stay where it falls. 4 Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops. You don’t know where the wind will blow, and you don’t know how a baby grows inside the mother. In the same way, you don’t know what God is doing, or how he created everything.
Ecclesiastes 11:1-5 (NCV)

God is all about investing. He is all about taking initiative. Taking chances.

Often we apply this philosophy to financial investments and job selection but it applies to relationships as well. Going on lots of dates has many benefits, but it’s important that you go into them with the right perspective.

So here are 8 phenomenal reasons why you should be a dating machine:

1. It takes the pressure off finding “the one”

You know you’ve got many dates lined up so you can just relax and have good time getting to know someone new or enjoy going out with a familiar friend

2. More opportunities to connect with people

You get to know more people this way and the more connections, the better.

3. Opportunity to refine your character

As you get to know people, you will get to know yourself better. People have the ability to reveal parts of our character we wouldn’t be able to see without them. For example, they reveal how shallow we can be. And you know what I mean…

4. Opportunity to develop conviction of about who you need vs. who/what you want

It’s an opportunity to compare and contrast qualities and how they mesh with you. You get to figure out what you are really looking for in a relationship. Think of it as going from regular television to HD 3D in IMAX.

5. You evaluate what nuances you can and cannot handle in a relationship

You find out whether the woman/man of your dreams is worth it as they smack while eating their food; laugh obnoxiously or talk too much.

6. The Connection Effect

News travels, impressions travel. Maybe you won’t end up dating the person but they have a friend that they think you may be perfect for – and he/she is “the one”.

7. You get better at dating

You would think we all know how to date. But it’s not true. There’s a process and a steep learning curve as well. Things like, confidence, being able to communicate effectively, and being able to read people take practice.

So the more dates you go on, the better. And hopefully, that first or second date you bombed on, will give you another chance later on and vice versa

8. It speeds up the process of meeting the right person

The more dates you go on, the higher your chances are of finding, “the one”.

So, what are you waiting for? On your mark, get set, date! (Lots of people)


Written by

Jynette Oji

Jynette Oji has over a decade of ministry experience with the Bay Area Christian Church. She has a background in education and is a former Division I track athlete and coach at Fresno State University.