10 Guys You Should NEVER Date

Just say no to bad dates. Or for that matter, bad relationships. Imagine how simple your love-life could be if you just agreed to that rule of thumb?

But sometimes it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Sometimes, we miss the warning signs. Or worse yet, ignore them.

No matter who you, how desperate you feel, how long you’ve been single or how badly you’re looking for a date, please do yourself a favor and avoid these 10 guys like the plague:

Mr. Not That Into You

I don’t know what it is about this guy, but let me warn you- he’s addicting. There’s just something about the “unknown” (does he like me, or not?) that keeps you guessing and coming back for more. You can recognize him in that he knows how to talk the talk, but his actions never seem to follow-suit. But the biggest problem with this kind of guy is that he’s using you for as long as you’ll stick around. So do yourself a favor and don’t stick around.

Mr. On Again & Off Again

This guy will do anything to get you to stay on his roller-coaster ride of up and down emotions. One moment you’re “the one” and the next moment he’s confused, confined, and non-committal. What you need to know about this guy is that this isn’t a “phase”, it’s a glimpse of the rest of your life. Talk about some serious nausea. Time to get off the rollercoaster- or better yet- never get on.

Mr. Out of Sight Out of Mind

This guy is sweet, charming, flirtatious, and basically everything you imagined him to be, while you’re around. But when you’re not around? Well, he’ll be that same sweet, charming, and flirtatious guy with the next girl. For him, it’s not about commitment, it’s about the moment. That’s definitely not a guy you can trust. Ever.

Mr. Keepin’ My Options Open

Oh yeah, he says he’s interested. He might even tell you he’s in love. But then why can’t he let go of his past? Why do you find yourself worried about who else he’s interacting with, and how he’s interacting with them? With the right guy there are no options- there are only relationships. And healthy relationships can only develop and progress when the focus is on one person at a time.

Mr. Let’s Get Physical, Physical

The thing that makes me crazy about Mr. Physical is that he’s SO OBVIOUS…yet so charming. He makes you think that he’s really into you- when all the while his primary focus is on what he can get from you. But even with his obvious advances and fixation on the physical, you’ll find yourself making excuses, giving more and more of yourself until it’s too late. Recognize him quick, and once you do, make a quick break. Don’t get stuck in the physical, because healthy relationships are built on so much more than this.

Mr. Sorta Spiritual

This is the nice guy most girls would fall for. He let’s you choose everything because he wants whatever makes you happy…even when it comes to your spiritual life. He may go to church on Sundays, have good morals, and even say the right things. But deep down, he’s only sort-of spiritual. His life has hints of Jesus (or so you tell yourself), instead of being DEFINED by Jesus. Don’t just settle for a God-fearing man, look for a Jesus-loving man.

Mr. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

This guy will make you feel more like his mom than his girl. He’ll have you taking care of him before you even know what hit you. And you’ll like it, because it will make you feel important. But what you don’t realize is that a relationship with this guy is sure to be one-sided. So until he’s ready to put down the video games, pay his own bills, and do his own laundry…it’s time to move on to bigger…and “more mature” things- no matter how hot he is. You deserve a partner- not someone who needs a parent.

Mr. All About Me

He may or may not be the kind of guy who’s obsessed with his looks- but one thing is for sure, he’s obsessed with himself. He has all the answers and wants to date a girl who will just nod her head and smile. He doesn’t care what you want, or even who you are, because he makes all the choices and his preferences always trump yours. Stay far away from this guy, and look for a man who is marked by humility and selflessness…because only that kind of man can love you like you deserve to be loved.

Mr. Track-Record

You know all about his history. In fact, this guy has quite a reputation with the ladies. So why on earth did you convince yourself that things would be different with you? This guy will leave you with a broken-heart- just like he left the string of girls before you. Come to terms with the reality that you can’t change him with your love…or with anything else for that matter. Instead, find someone who you can love for who they are- not for what you hope them to be.

Mr. White Lies

A relationship built without honesty, is really no relationship at all. I don’t care if he’s lying about his age, his past, his family, or the color of his car….a lie, is a lie, is a lie. But most importantly, early on in a relationship it’s a big red flag. This guy is marked by a pattern of dishonesty and little white lies. Lies about things that might not even matter. But what matters is the habits that are being formed, and the facade that’s being maintained. A man who has nothing to hide becomes a safe place in which a woman can hide her heart. Look for that kind of a man.

Source: http://truelovedates.com/10-guys-you-should-never-date/?utm_source=True+Love+Dates+-+Love+for+your+Inbox%21&utm_campaign=80e1737351-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6ea073922e-80e1737351-207167361

What To Do When You Want to Give Up

How to stay committed after your dream gets difficult

When I was in my early twenties, I dreamt of making a dent in the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. As a young founder of a new nonprofit, I received the fanfare associated with being a social entrepreneur. I was lauded for what I had started. We are enamored with newness; launching something creates a splash on the news feed and tempts the imagination of what can be.

But starting an organization is not the hard thing; building the organization and sustaining yourself in the work is the hard thing.

The real question is what happens once the startup loses the new shine? What do you do when the cause feels too daunting, or attendance is low, or the work is unfulfilling, or the blog visits are scant? How do you persist through a great endeavor when it just doesn’t feel as great anymore?

We had the audacious belief that we could bring clean water to millions of people in Africa and bring health care to thousands of families in HIV-affected communities. Imagining those goals was not the hard part. Following through on vision, persisting with grit despite the self-doubt— that has been hard. Only 10 years later have I realized how difficult it is to keep doing a good thing in the world, to set something in motion that will last.

Here are some of the practices I have learned in order to stay with something, especially when it becomes difficult:

Fight Against the Cultural Undertow

We live in a culture saturated with expectations of expediency and disposability. We hardly have to wait for anything anymore. We microwave our food, download our books and Google our questions. We can send messages across the world in a matter of seconds and order an item on Amazon on a Tuesday afternoon and have it arrive on our front porch Wednesday morning. And if we don’t like what we have, we can return it, exchange it or start over.

I still believe the greatest and most lasting works of beauty (by humans or by God) are the ones that come after years of cultivation.

We do this in so many areas of our lives—causes, relationships, diets, jobs. In fact, more than 90 percent of millennials only expect to stay in a job for three years or less—that’s more than 15 jobs in a working lifetime.

The trouble is, our culture’s expectation of instant gratification doesn’t work for the things that matter most. While the world is changing faster than ever, changing the world (and ourselves) takes time and cultivation.

In my work, I learned that it is relatively easy to drill a well. That can be done in a few days. But the true and hard work is changing the behaviors in a community by convincing people to properly utilize the clean water, to wash their hands and to build latrines. Those are the keys to improved health.

If you want this real change, it requires nearly a year of advanced planning to mobilize the local community to form a water committee, train people in water and hygiene and invite them to contribute their own resources and labor. The result is not just water today but water and health for a lifetime.

Look at how God fashioned the world to work: It takes years for a seed to become a trunk and branches and leaves before there is any fruit to show for it. I still believe the greatest and most lasting works of beauty (by humans or by God) are the ones that come after years of cultivation.

Let Comparison Inspire Rather Than Discourage

Teddy Roosevelt is often credited with saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” On days when I’ve felt discouraged about growing my nonprofit, Blood:Water Mission, I can’t stop myself from looking at other organizations and wishing ours could be like theirs. I feel sorry for myself and assume other leaders have it easier. I pay attention to what I am lacking and let self-pity and doubt rise.

But if I spent that energy instead on pushing through and reminding myself why this mission is so important and what makes it unique, I could persist. It is not productive to compare ourselves. Our dreams are seeds, and we need to keep watering them even if it feels as though they will never grow, even if it seems as though the towering trees nearby are overshadowing them.

(And if you’re going to spend your time comparing your endeavor to that of others, let their greatness inspire you. Look to those in your field whom you admire, and let them fuel you to pour greatness back into your own work).

Choose it Again and Again and Again

The work will disappoint you. Exhaustion, disillusionment or some dose of reality will steal your internal motivation. Being in that empty space can be scary. What happens when you don’t think you love the cause or endeavor anymore? What happens when you don’t get the intended results?

I have spent a lot of time in the desert of northern Kenya where the communities have worked diligently to build rainwater catchment tanks in area schools. After over a year of mobilizing, training and building, the tanks were constructed right before the region entered a severe drought. The beautiful new rain tanks sat dry. I remember feeling weary from the disappointment and overwhelmed with the question of whether our efforts were futile. I wanted to stop trying, because it hurt too much to feel the failure.

I have learned, however, that love and creativity and working for change is a choice. The feelings will come and go, the successes will rise and fall, but a true commitment will endure past those fleeting moments. It can feel daunting at times to constantly choose it, especially when you don’t feel it. Yet, there is freedom when you realize you do have a choice, and you can reaffirm it each day, regardless of immediate outcome.

The feelings will come and go, the successes will rise and fall, but a true commitment will endure past those fleeting moments.

Eighteen months after the rain tanks were built, the rains finally returned for our friends in Kenya. The hard work of the communities bore the fruit of life-saving water. The most beautiful things in the world are those you have to fight through and choose over and over again.

Celebrate the Small

The original dream of Blood:Water was to bring water to a thousand communities in Africa. It took eight years to achieve that goal. Some days, it was intimidating to realize we needed to raise millions of dollars to get there. But we chose to celebrate not just the large checks, but also the small gifts. Some days, our envelopes were filled with dollar bills from children who cared enough to send their allowance on behalf of children in Africa. We must pause for these moments, and let them encourage us.

If you have a book to write, celebrate the completion of a chapter or, on a harder day, just the fact that you wrote at all. If you’re championing a cause, remember that social change is made up of a thousand little steps forward (and sometimes backward!) along the way. Don’t miss the milestones—they are the fuel that will keep you and the others with you going.

Give it to God

It’s easy to become a martyr for that which costs time and personal endurance to build, but it’s important to remember you’re in partnership with a mighty and compassionate God who laid the initial calling on your heart in the first place.

Some days, the best thing you can do is to stop doing, put it down and trust that it’s taken care of. God doesn’t promise your calling will be easy. But He does promise to never leave you. He is there every step along the way for us to fall upon, rest upon or call out to when the inevitable roadblocks come. Give yourself grace, and ask for help.

As you continue to endure the challenges of time, comparison or audacious expectations, let God surprise you. More often than not, what flourishes on the other side of your commitment will be more beautiful and lasting than what you started with.
Source: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/maker/what-do-when-you-want-give