You're exploring the possibility of a relationship with one person.
Comparison, jealousy, and compromise can keep us from feeling the many reasons for joy we have in our lives.
Here are three ways we can hold tight to our joy amidst the currents of comparison that try to take it from us.
If you've been down this road before, you know that it's seldom successful.
You remain stuck in the "friend zone," which is relationship purgatory if you have a crush on someone.
Not only will this give your life focus and keep you busy, it can build self-esteem.
As you begin to move toward your goals, you'll feel better about yourself.
That takes a lot more time and trouble to get what usually turns out to be the same result.
First John says that "perfect love drives out fear." While it's normal to be nervous when you ask someone out, God's perfect love should cast out all fear that you're unlovable unworthy, and destined to be alone.
If you find the person attractive, you can't stop thinking about him or her, and you're unsatisfied with the intimacy that friendship provides, then it's time to ask out instead of hang out.
The problem usually isn't that people don't know whether or not they want to date, it's that they're afraid the other person doesn't feel the same way. Overcoming this fear involves two steps: Something needs to be more important to you than finding a boyfriend or girlfriend.
And that just happens to make them more attractive. We have something, or rather Someone, who's eager to give our life a sense of mission, meaning, and value.