Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
By nature many young people are lighthearted and immature as they approach the courtship stage of life. To them, courtship and marriage look like high adventure. The romance, the newness, and the awakening physical sensibilities easily intoxicate them. If a young person is not careful, his immaturity will lead him into paths which he may regret for a lifetime. History records many marital tragedies resulting from the lack of: self-discipline, parental restraint, and sober thinking. As a young person, you do not need to be added to the record.
As parents, we are responsible before God to prepare our children for courtship and marriage. Our personal experiences and our observations of others need to be included with this study to make it the most practical. Our youth will appreciate the time spend discussing these issues together.
We hope this study will help us to be a bit more thoughtful, more careful, and more informed about the whole process. This booklet cannot make anyone more mature. A person will demonstrate their maturity by what he does with the counsel received. May God grant our youth His sovereign direction, His strength, and his peace as they enter into this most serious, yet enjoyable stage of life.