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The Force of Relationships
By Ed and Lisa Young
January 3, 2016
From casual acquaintances to lifelong connections, relationships are all about linking our lives with other people. As we look at the relationships in our lives, so much of what we experience has to do with romance and dating. But what does God have to say about dating? Who are we supposed to date? How are we supposed to date?
In this message, Pastor Ed and Lisa Young give us some powerful principles to follow when it comes to the world of romance and dating. Because when it comes to this connection, God has some important guidelines for rating our dating!
Happy New Year to everybody, 2016! You know, I’m beginning a series with my lovely wife, Lisa, called Relationship Goals. And it’s amazing how popular relationship goals are. #relationshipgoals
Ed: I would not suggest you go onto that hash tag because it’s not really…
Lisa: Which we know that if we tell you that, you’re temptation is going to be to go there. Don’t go there.
Ed: But I, Lisa…
Lisa: The hash tag is: #relationshipgoalsFC That’s a good one.
Ed: That’s the one. I, though, am very nervous, Lisa, about this series because the stakes are sky high for every single person here. Let’s face it. Life is all about relationships and our great God is a relational God. We’re made in his image, thus he wants us to relate and for our relationships to cruise, to soar, not just remain stagnant or in some sort of a situation that’s negative.
Lisa: That’s right. And many of us have started this year with goals. We’ve started this year wanting to lose weight, wanting to be more fit, maybe to work out more consistently. Some people want to see career changes, maybe you’re wanting to maybe save more money, quit smoking. I don't know. The list goes on and on. But what studies have shown is that all of these things that we have goals over are hinging or are contingent upon one very important thing. And that’s our relationships. So instead of thinking about your diet or exercise, yes that’s good to think about it, but what if we focused more on the people who are surrounding us and the success that we will find in these different areas of life, just based on relationships. So when Ed says, wow, I feel somewhat scared to talk about this. I feel like the burden is heavy, yeah, it’s heavy. Because the stakes are sky high. Every single person who is in this room or at one of our different environments, you have such potential in your life but so often that potential is catastrophically defeated just by the people you’re hanging around with. And too often we look around and we say, wow, look what is surrounding me. Look what is surrounding me rather than look who is surrounding me. We need to be concerned about the who more so than the what.
Rating Your Dating
January 17, 2016
Ed: Well, years and years ago, Lisa, that’s what we looked like. Right up there. In fact, 40 years ago, we were in the 9th grade.
Lisa: Look at the hair.
Ed: We met at church and the rest is history.
Lisa: And those were, now Ed tells me, they’re silk shirts. That was all the rage back then. Now mine was 100% polyester but Ed assures me that his was pure silk.
Ed: Oh, mine was pure silk. There’s no doubt.
Lisa: I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it.
Ed: I think yours is polyester but mine, 100% silk. Now some people would look at that, Lisa, and go wait a minute. You mean, today as we talk about Relationship Goals, today as we talk about stepping aboard this relation-ship, last time we talked about friendship. Today we’re talking about spouse selection, or dating. You mean to tell me that you guys have something to say about dating? That was back in the day. That’s old school. That’s archaic.
Lisa: That was 1976, to be exact - 1976 was a very, very good year. And what truth was known about dating in 1976, though some things have evolved as far as technology and all these other things, one truth remains the same. It’s that the principles and practical things are still in play today that were in play back in the day.
More Than a Commitment
January 24, 2016
Lisa: We’re just a little bit excited today because we’re talking about marriage, and that’s always a fun thing. It really means a lot to Ed and I because just recently we got to celebrate the marriage of our youngest daughter, Laurie, to the love of her life, Sam. It was December 30th and we just want to show you just a little glimpse of what took place.
Lisa: It was such a special time. We were so excited and I’m very excited because joining us today via Skype are Sam and Laurie Kelly.
Sam and Laurie: Hello!
Ed: That’s crazy seeing, Laurie, your name now Kelly. That’s freaky. But I’m happy! I’m happy! Your mom and I are thrilled!
Lisa: They were going to join us live here but due to Snowmageddon and Snow Storm Jonas they are snowed in and stuck in Norfolk. So we’re glad that they are joining us via Skype!
Ed: Yeah, Laurie, tell us a little bit about how you and Sam met. Because people I’m sure are wondering, how in the world did these folks meet and a little bit about that.
Laurie: So I was in 9th grade, actually, and we met in Sydney, Australia at a church conference. We just met there. I just met him in like a hotel lobby, getting ready to leave. So I met him and I was like, oh, he’s, like, cool. And then we just kept in touch through social media and at conferences. Then eventually he asked me to prom and that’s where our little dating relationship started.
Lisa: And Sam, when you asked Laurie to prom. That’s kind of like, you’re in Virginia, she’s in Texas. Your dad’s a pastor there, your mom and dad. Tell us what that was like when you asked her to go to prom.
Sam: Well, I was a little bit nervous so I actually let my brother Josh take the wheel. He texted her something along the lines of, “Hey, do you want the opportunity of a lifetime?” And the end of the text was something like, “It’s OK if you say no because there’s a line of girls waiting outside my door.”
Laurie: And I said yes.
Sam: She obviously said yes.
Every day, and in every situation, we all experience the power of relationships. From business partnerships to lifelong friendships; from casual acquaintances to committed marriages, relationships are a substantial and significant aspect of life. And they should be. Life was never intended to be a solo sport. God create us as relational beings with specific relationship goals. The question is, are we making the most of those relationships in or lives?
In this series, Ed Young discover the power and potential of every relationship in your life. And realize the potential of your relationship goals!