What Mary did perfectly, and what we all need to try to imitate, is her consistent “yes” to God’s plan for her. Knowing that God loves you just as you are allows you to be yourself on a date.Since you are loved by Him, there’s no need to question whether or not you are lovable.

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A: The number one thing Brian stresses for guys to do on a date is to uphold the dignity of a woman.

I echo my husband’s sentiment and think the most important thing for a girl to do on a date is to remember she has great dignity and worth.

Before a girl even says yes to a date, she must know that she is a beautiful, perfect creation of God.

Saint John Paul II refers to the great dignity and mystery of the design of women as the “feminine genius” (Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women).

It’s no coincidence that the creation story in Genesis builds in beauty and is crowned with the creation of Eve.

As women, we can always imitate Mary as the perfect example of womanhood.

We should look to her as our role model and constant inspiration for living out our feminine genius. In a “service of love.” It was through this service of love, to God and others, that she was able to experience in her own life all that God had planned for her. It’s not like she went on a lot of dates before she finally met Joseph. She was able to love and serve others, because she knew God loved her first.

Similar to the magnificence of Heaven, her worth can be likened to the “pearl of great price” that the man went in search of and gave up everything for (Matthew -46).

If we don’t know our own worth, then we may put ourselves in situations where we are looking for the guy taking us out to provide us with our sense of worth.

We may try to act or look a certain way so that our date likes us.

It’s not a bad thing to want to impress others, but our ultimate goal in dating shouldn’t be to please the guy who asked us out. God created women intentionally, unique within all of creation.