I often wonder how well people who start dating know each other. Did they just meet in a café or have they been friends since childhood? Nevertheless, I cannot help but be curious on what they know about the other person. It is easy to assume one thing or another about a person. For example, if they are a Christian, one might assume their specific beliefs and values are the same. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
There are a wide variety of beliefs and views to consider when dating. Some people are content with only going to church on Sunday’s and pursuing a personal walk with God throughout the rest of the week. Other people might also want to be involved in community groups and attend every service and event that their church holds.
Knowing what that person wants to do with their life and how they want to live that life is highly important, especially in the beginning of a relationship. People tend to wait too long before having those conversations because they are potentially difficult. It’s important to have those talks early because if, by some chance, you have highly differing opinions, you can proactively address them rather than waiting and having to retroactively fix situations. What you don’t want to happen is to one day discover that your views are so different that even compromise would be unlikely.
By taking the initiative, you are saving yourself and the other person potential heartache. Be open and communicate when beginning a relationship. The foundation you build from that communication will help you throughout your entire relationship.