Triangle Relationship?
{an inspirational about making God the priority}

Mr. Dream Guy ... We've all spent hours thinking about him. We doodled about him when we were 12 years old. We daydreamed about him during science class in ninth grade. And even in our twenties we talk about him over coffee with our girlfriends: what color are his hair and eyes? Will he be tall or athletic? Will he be intellectual? Will he be ... perfect?

In the past, I gave a lot of time to placing my dream guy on a pedestal. He resided first and foremost in my mind and heart- a place where God alone should live. Mr. Dream Guy could do no wrong, sitting on an ivory pedestal way too high for any real man to live up to.

When Mr. Dream Guy became my boyfriend {no longer just a dream}, my expectations weighed him down. There was no way he could live up to my standards, nor did he want to!

This weight of perfection put a strain on our relationship and Mr. Dream Guy became Mr. Gone in a matter of months. I was devastated because, well ... my dream guy wasn't supposed to break my heart!

I don't want this to happen to you too. So can I share with you a simple illustration that rearranged priorities in my heart and drastically affected how I approached relationships? This triangle shows the proper places of where our guy and where our God should be in our hearts.

Triangle Illustration

Let's have some fun. Draw your own triangle and write your name in the bottom left point, and your guy's name on the bottom right point. Now put one finger on your name and one finger on your guy's name, moving your fingers up toward God. As we move our fingers (which represents ourselves) toward God, we draw closer to Him and mature in our faith. Only then do we grow closer to our dream guy in a more meaningful way. This puts God as top priority.

We've got to have our own stuff with the Lord. We've got to take Mr. Dream Guy off the pedestal and focus on Jesus first and foremost before we dive into a romantic relationship. The result of this triangle relationship is a healthy balance that allows for the mistakes of our Mr. Only Human.

We would love to know your thoughts on this triangle and how you see it benefiting your current OR future relationships. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Sarah's book, Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama.

Something Else ...
"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." {Psalm 37:3-4 ESV}

Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama by Sarah Francis Martin

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