Who Are You Looking For?
{an inspirational entry on dating}

"I see mercy's dating you," she says, as if it's common to say such things. As if I know this fact. {I don't.}

True, there have been glints of mercy hanging around: my softer heart and gentler words. But dating mercy? One must tread lightly; such things could lead to a lifetime commitment.

I laugh, trying to shake off my friend's statement; but it sticks. Though she and I edit 10′s of 100′s of 1000′s of words during our editorial meeting, hers won't go away. Days after, they greet me at my front door and wish me goodnight and kiss me good morning.

And I'm reminded of a list I kept in my younger years: specific qualities I hoped my future husband would have. Some sweet, most naïve.

I'd like him to have blue eyes, a passion for God, goofy humor, and I hope he loves children. And swirl in this and that and this and the list went off the margins.

Now? Just one characteristic remains: good. Because surely goodness and mercy walk hand-in-hand.

Goodness dreams of giving selflessly to those in need. Mercy cares for the hurting. Goodness and mercy love without expecting anything in return. And they fight for justice while walking humbly with God.

My one desire is inspired by Micah 6:8, "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." {emphasis added}

I can't help but think: if good is what the Lord requires of a man ... must I need more?

Sure, blue eyes still make me swoon. And a man who can {and will} change a diaper ... be still my heart! But, I'm glad to let go of these things for what truly sends me head-over-heels: a good guy.

Actually, I think I'll add one more characteristic: a good guy looking for a good girl who speaks kind and true words. Loves others well. Gives grace. Thankfully, I'm dating mercy, who's the best teacher to guide me.

Something Else...
What are you looking for or did you look for in a guy? How are you showing goodness and mercy to others?

Samantha loves a good laugh and an Arnold Palmer {half sweet tea/half lemonade}. Click here to catch up with her on her blog.

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