Flirting is one of the many major problems in our society. It’s not only common in young ladies … but also in young men. I do however believe that young men feel compelled to flirt because the young ladies around them encourage it! Have you ever really looked up the word flirt? Here is a definition that I thought was appropriate for this particular topic: Flirt (flŭrt) v. 1 If you flirt with someone, you play at being in love with that person. Hmm…doesn’t sound as “fun” now, does it?
When I was 15, Mamma, my little sister and I went to Iowa to visit some family and friends. As I was talking to two very good friends of mine (Irene and Taylor) about flirting, we noticed a young girl walking down the street. This young lady who was once a friend of mine, now clung to her “boyfriend’s” side. She was being giggly, boisterous, flipping her hair, etc. I let out a dismayed sigh and quietly prayed for her. Irene asked me if I was okay and I told her “no”. I began talking about how young ladies today are getting themselves into a ton of trouble. As I continued on, Taylor’s eyes grew wide. She then informed me that I had changed drastically (apparently my view in purity had grown according to Taylor), since the last time we had seen each other.
However, what I told them was absolutely true! Young ladies are getting themselves into a lot of trouble because the world is all about having “fun” the ungodly way! The young lady we saw walking down the street has given into the “fun” of the world! Not only did it sadden my heart to hear about it but also to see it firsthand.
When you stand next to a young man that you think is the one, how do you interact with him? Are you boisterous, constantly laughing at every joke, flipping your hair, etc.? This, dearest, is flirtatious interaction!
“How else am I supposed to interact with the young men around me then?” If you really want to interact with the young men, then you can do so appropriately by simply only talking! Yep, talking. This is how I interact with all the young men around me. I just talk to them … sometimes I laugh. But when I do, I laugh along with the group.
The world wants you to have “fun” its way! It seems to think that followers of the Messiah can’t have fun at all … but we can! Young men and women can appropriately talk with one another (in mixed company), appropriately laughing and having a good time in the presence of accountable friends. Young ladies can minister to younger girls, be the Hands and Feet of Christ, go on short-term missions trips (with an older sibling or her parents) and the list can go on. These indeed are the “fun” things in which I like to participate (plus a roller-coaster ride here and water-tubing there) . For one week, I challenge all you young ladies to only interact with the young women!