Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

Waiting for Love

There’s a guy in church who is seven years older than me; he is 24  and I am 17. I often find myself thinking of a future with this man; does the age difference really matter in the eyes of God?
Thanks,
Thinking of a Future

Dear Future,

It’s more your age than the age difference. When you were 10 and he was 17, there would have been something seriously wrong with him. But when you’re, say, 21 and 28, it won’t matter much, and when you’re 31 and 38, it’ll be nothing.

As for presently, if he’s interested and someone worth getting involved with, he’ll give you space to finish growing up in before making a move. Naturally, you’re a young woman on the verge of adulthood, but you and the guy of your dreams are in different phases of life. Getting involved with him now would pull you into his world before your time, and that’s not healthy for you. If he’s a good guy, he’ll wait until you’re really ready to enter it, and if he is that kind of guy, he’s also worth waiting for.

So, in a nutshell, the answer is: wait. If this is the right one, the Lord will bring you together in His time.

In Christ’s timing,
Andrea Graham

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