75: Is a Relationship Always the Answer?

Have you ever considered how long you’ve been single?

 

Perhaps you feel like it’s been long enough…or even too long.

 

Before you dive into a relationship, make sure it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

 

Going a long period of time without being in a relationship can become a challenge or even a “problem” for some of us.

 

As great as relationships are, we must be careful to ensure that we aren’t entering into them for the wrong reasons.

 

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dustin Riechmann about why some singles believe a relationship is the answer to their loneliness. What’s shared during the discussion is extremely beneficial, especially if you are currently not in a relationship but desire to be in one.

 

Take a moment to listen to our discussion and determine whether or not a relationship is the answer that you’ve been seeking or searching for.

 

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SHOW NOTES

 

Episode Title: Is a Relationship Always the Answer?

 

Guests: Dustin RiechmannFollow Him on Twitter

 

Music: Nick Jonas – Nothing Would Be Better

 

Quotables:

  • Marriage is an awesome place to be, but it certainly isn’t a problem solver. In a lot of ways, it’s a problem amplifier.” – Dustin Riechmann

 

  • “Love is a choice.” – Dustin Riechmann

 

  • “The connections you have with people have a lot to do with your personality and how you give and receive love.” – Dustin Riechmann

 

Key Lessons:

  • The factors that MUST be considered before even thinking about entering into a relationship
  • Practical ways to prepare and improve yourself before entering into a relationship
  • The value in taking time out to date yourself

 

Hot Topics & Takeaways:

  • Why some people seek relationships as an escape route
  • Dustin recommends that you read The 5 Love Languages
  • Signs that someone is not ready for a relationship

 

Dangers & Difficulties:

  • The danger of thinking that a relationship is the solution to being single

 

Experience is the Best Teacher:

  • Dustin shares why him and his wife believe it is vital for couples to take time to prepare themselves for marriage prior to saying “I do.”

 

Hold Yourself Accountable:

Don’t enter into a relationship prematurely. Be mature enough to admit that you are not ready to enter into a relationship.

 

Apply the Kingdom Principles:

“Be ready in season and out of season.” 2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV)

 

Take Action Now:

  1. Ask yourself: “Why do I want to be in a relationship?”
  2. Ask yourself: “Have I taken enough time to date myself?”
  3. Ask yourself: “Am I really ready for a relationship?”
  4. Ponder each of the questions and write down your answers
  5. Pray for patience and guidance

 

 

2 Comments
  • Destiny's Truth
    December 22, 2014

    Jay, I really enjoyed the discussion with Dustin and he was very insightful and informative. His statement that, “love is a choice” has caused me to reflect upon whether my past actions aligned with a decision to love. Thank you again for bringing such high caliber guests that have so many priceless nuggets of wisdom as it relates to life and relationships. I plan to go back and listen again and take notes. As Dustin stated we must take care of ourselves first in order to be able to provide what are mate needs, which is in agreement with your definition of singleness and wholeness. Great show.

    • Jay
      December 23, 2014

      Hey Destiny! It is so great to have you swinging back by to share your thoughts and takeaways. We’ve missed you around here.

      I am so happy that you enjoyed the discussion with Dustin and have been taking so many valuable insights away from each of the episodes.

      Yes, that is a heavy and thought provoking statement!

      Thank you so much for listening and God bless you!

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