Define hanging out dating
Knowledgeable observers report that dating has nearly disappeared from college campuses and among young adults generally.
It has been replaced by something called “hanging out.” You young people apparently know what this is, but I will describe it for the benefit of those of us who are middle-aged or older and otherwise uninformed.
The old-fashioned date was a wonderful way to get acquainted with a member of the opposite sex. It allowed you to see how you treat others and how you are treated in a one-on-one situation.
It gave opportunities to learn how to initiate and sustain a mature relationship. My single brothers and sisters, follow the simple dating pattern and you don’t need to do your looking through Internet chat rooms or dating services—two alternatives that can be very dangerous or at least unnecessary or ineffective.
As a single, I had to go searching for service projects, and now I have one every night across the table. In closing, I think about the painful times in our lives.
Start with a variety of dates with a variety of young women, and when that phase yields a good prospect, proceed to courtship. That is what the Lord intends for His young adult sons and daughters.Part of making it easier is to avoid implying that a date is something very serious.