I have this problem. It might have occurred when I was younger. Maybe I didn’t get enough hugs or something when I was a kid. Growing up, I always had this yearning to “be with somebody”—to be loved (using the term loosely). I just had to have a girlfriend of some sort going through school. Of course, me being as dorky as I am, I wasn’t very popular with the ladies. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t on any girl’s radar. I did my best to be noticed, but my personality never allowed me to stand out. I was shy and a daydreamer. I planned my approach and hoped for the opportune time to execute said strategy. Rarely did I ever go with my master plan. Even when I did, it never panned out after its approach. But still, I insisted to keep daydreaming about how everything ought to happen.
The problem with the whole daydreaming thing is that you have to make assumptions on how the other person would react to what you are doing. This would generally work if you knew who the person well enough to predetermine her reaction, but I never knew who she was. I daydreamed how she would react openly and accepting of my approach. I’m essentially putting words I want to hear in her mouth. Eventually one thing leads to another, and I win the girl, right? No, not really. But I kept reiterating this daydreaming process for the girl in elementary school, junior high, the girls in high school, local college, the one girl I followed to a university, the one I went to church with, and finally the girl that shares the same hobby.
When I reiterate this process for the new girl, I don’t really ever get to know her. I’m essentially taking the girl—her features and mannerisms that attracts me—but wrapping the personality and character I expect and want of her. That eventually leads to this infatuation where I become heartbroken when she doesn’t match to what I dreamed. Pathetic, right? I mean, this kind of emotional distress should be kept on the elementary playground. Seriously, dude, grow up.
With that bit of background out of the way, I wanted to write about the approach on the newest girl that caught my attention. Of course, like all girls of interest, she’s pretty (obviously). She’s a gamer. The fact that she’s really pretty and a gamer is what really caught my attention. When I saw pictures with her and her (then) boyfriend, I had to step back and ask myself, “People looking this good really shouldn’t be playing World of Warcraft—they’re usually going out and doing cool things with other good looking people.” Yeah… like that. I’m keeping further details about her sparse for obvious reasons.
Despite the fact I am attractive to her and that we share a similar hobby, I honestly don’t think it would be wise of me to pressure on with a pursuit. Maybe I finally grew up and recognize the mistakes of the past. Maybe I’m supposed to discern a higher purpose that is in alignment with God’s will. I honestly don’t know. I do, believe, I received affirmation about what my approach ought to be after spending some time at the driving range with a friend of mine.
I haven’t seen Mark in awhile. We occasionally run into each other at the same church service, but for the most part I wouldn’t see him because he’s busy with work. One Sunday morning , we went out to the Glen Oaks golf course in Glendora. I haven’t picked up a club since my golf class more than 5 years ago. I brought Mark up to speed with the whole I-think-I’m-done-with-life-in-SoCal-and-I-want-to-move-back-to-Hawaii story. He also felt that my next move is probably going to be away from California. Even he thought Hawaii sounded like an advancing move. By thew way, since Mark was a former World of Warcraft addict, I gave him our guild’s progression status and whatnot. At that point I had to tell him about her.
I told Mark pretty much every personality trait that attracted me so much to her. And in the end, he came out to remind me, “As great and fun as she may be, do you really see her as being your helper for God’s will in your life?” (See Gen 2:20b ff) No, I cannot. Mark didn’t need to go into further detail because at that moment I remembered what Paul wrote in his second letter to the people of Corinth:
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16, NIV)
Paul finishes by writing,
“Therefore come out from them and be separate, [...] touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinithians, 6:17-18, NIV)
I associate that piece of scripture with marriage. It’s pretty tough for me to associate it with all relationships just because I believe we’re called to make believers of all nations, and my method to sharing the gospel is by creating authentic relationships so that my friends (hopefully) will see the glory of God through me. Anyway, if someone could give some insight what Paul meant by “yoked together” that would be awesome. (Who knows, I might be completely off the mark on this one.)
With that in mind, that’s the reason I see her differently. I’m not sure exactly what it is.
I need to remind myself so that I won’t repeat these bad daydreaming habits. In the event I do fall into the same cycle, I must not forget that she can never be mine. She belongs to God.