While I am not entirely sure if the crowds that showed up for this series was due to the fact our church customarily has around 24,000 regulars, or if people are concerned over the state of their relationships, or if the fact the word sex was in the title had them coming in droves. Truly, "a good turn out" is an understatement. People filled the sanctuary, the narthex and still they kept filing in. Sex sells, even if it is in church.
Some of the topics included were "Making Marriage Last and Lifetime", Habits that Hurt and Habits that Heal", and "What She Wants, What He Wants" and you might be surprised to know the week that that was "The Significance of Sexual Intimacy" was a real crowd pleaser.
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Lesson #1 Recognizing Potential Marriage Material
As I see it, the most important step in having a lasting marriage is the ability to recognize quality marriage material. If you aren't capable of recognizing the "losers-among-us", the odds are greatly stacked against you finding a long lasting partner.
So for today's lesson, let's review how to size up your pool of applicants. Just to be clear....the lesson today is for people THAT DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE A MATE. Here's a suggestion for those of you out there on the prowl but have a "significant other" waiting at home... under the mistaken impression that you are the faithful sort.... STOP IT...BEHAVE YOURSELF.
Also, I want you to take note that while I tend to write these instructions with feminine and masculine verbiage, you can substitute as needed. Trashy and tacky are the same no matter if you are looking for a male or female.
- Don't pick your future mate based solely on their looks.
So ladies, if you can't take your eyes off those huge biceps long enough to figure out he has an L on his forehead and you men out there can't stop staring at...well, you know what you're staring at...just be forewarned that beauty fades over time but bitchy lasts forever.
- Try to find a person that has some redeeming qualities.
For any of you that ever were in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts, you might remember all the things you promised to be such as to be honest, loyal, friendly, helpful, considerate, courteous, strong, responsible, trustworthy, kind, cheerful, brave, clean, reverent, and fair. The girl's law also included "respect myself and others." I would also add perseverance to the list. (Note: I left out a couple as they could go the wrong way in a marriage...I had doubts about the obedient and thrifty promise.)
This is what I am talking about...these are the things that you need to be looking for. When that beauty that we talked about in part 1, starts fading, you need some substance left to rely on.
- Beware of "red flags".
I realize it is difficult to separate the good from the bad so I am going to give you a few warning signs. Some of these are going to be gender specific and now I have the added burden of not being able to use the word slut as it seems to get people in trouble.
If you are looking for a WOMAN
For those of you out there trying to find Miss Right...it's tricky. The first lesson is to analyze the amount of clothes she is wearing. A s*** will be dressed inappropriately for her surroundings. There is a general trashiness about her and she is showing way too much skin. I am worried that you might not notice this overtly skankiness on her part as you can't take your eyes off her Ts & As but force yourself to focus. This lack of clothing doesn't necessarily mean she is promiscuous but the odds are...she is.
Be warned to the fact that some women won't make it as easy to spot their general unworthiness. They will look nice and all.... but underneath their cuteness they are bitches. They are on the hunt to find someone willing to "live" for them and them alone. They will suck every ounce of joy out of your life. Your money, self esteem and energy will be gone as well as your youth. Where your testicles once were will be vacant real estate.
Listen closely for clues. These, my men friends are WARNING SIGNS.
Every statement she makes, sounds like an open ended question. and is profusely peppered with the word "like". "That is, like, soooo weird?? (weird will sound like wweeerrrddd) or the classic "I know, Right????"
She is overly dramatic. Every story...no matter how insignificant...is a big deal and it is ALWAYS about her. Drama, drama, drama
Refers to her friends as "the bitches" but admits her girl friends are few. Most of her friends are guys.
She uses the phrases "I was so wasted" or " I was so messed up" frequently.
She talks about all her boyfriends and all the guys that want her.
- If you are looking for a life's partner you might want to skip something that looks like this.
|Not only over exposed but over indulged.|
If you are looking for a MAN
Unlike the advice I gave the men about avoiding skanks, your advice is a tad different. You need to avoid men that are selfish and want to control you. If they want to consider you as one of their possessions...run...seriously run and run fast. They aren't supposed to want to be your boss or your daddy. They are supposed to be your PARTNER.
Not all over-controlling guys look the part so this is tricky. If you are lucky they will look douchey so you can spot them. Unfortunately, if they look normal, it will take some sleuthing on your part to discover their tendency to be a jerk. Be sure to kick them to the curb when they start hurting your feelings regularly, embarrassing you routinely and never show the slightest remorse.
Be aware that there is a segment of the male human herd that are douchey. A douche is a guy that is self absorbed, has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intelligence, behaving ridiculously in front of others with no sense of how moronic he appears.
Here are a few warning signs of less than perfect partners:
He tends to wear sunglasses indoors and at night.
Likes to show off his chest with either unbuttoned shirts or NO shirt at all.
Can't ever be too tan. It may be real or it may be orange spray.
He uses products in his hair. LOTS and LOTS of product.
The numbers you will hear most often from him is how much he can bench press and the size of the woofers to his awesome stereo system. You will already know all about his music as it is blaring from his car and you can hear it at least a city block prior to him arriving at your place.
He, like his counterpart the skank, likes to tell you about past episodes of being wasted, drunk or "out of it".
Tells you of all the other women that want him now and all of his awesome girlfriends that "he broke up with."
- Skip anything that looks like this:
Hope this helps those of you that are still searching for someone to share your life with.
For those of you that have that special person in your life already....what were you looking for in a person? Did you get it? What do you consider the most important requirements for a lasting relationship?