What is dating?
When someone says, "I don't date." It may not mean that they will never date, it just means that they don't date just for the sake of dating.
Our culture has a system of casual dating, but I believe in dating with a purpose. Dating with a goal in mind: marriage.
I can hear your thoughts, "How do you know you are to marry someone unless you date?"
I met my husband 6 months before we started to "date". I got to know a lot about him from the sidelines of his life: being with him and his family, watching him serve the Lord, and seeing how he interacted with other people. We did not have to go out one-on-one for me to learn a great deal about the type of man he was.
The night we officially started dating we agreed we were in this relationship with marriage in mind. It did not mean we were engaged, we just were not going to go into this committed relationship lightly.
Because our intentions were clear, it allowed for conversations that served this purpose. We were married four months later.
What do you think of this pattern of dating?