Well, my big ride is less than two weeks away! I and forty-four of my friends leave on June 3 from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, on Trek road bicycles: 4,500 miles across this gorgeous continent. Woo hoo! From the road I will be able to correspond, as we will have laptops with us and, pending our locations, net access. I'll try to keep up with Modesty Zone, and you can keep up with me (and my teammates) on texas4000.org. We blog as we ride (though obviously not AS we ride, haha).
I really appreciate y'all's comments on my last entry. I've figured out where my 'line' is, and I've found it truly to be a subjective matter. One's choice is her OWN; there isn't a universal. A couple weeks ago I discussed the issue with my pastor and my best Austin friend Shelley, and here's the best advice I've heard regarding physical relationships, an insightful word from Reverend Bill: Assume that the person you're with right now is NOT the person you will end up marrying. Assume that the person you WILL end up marrying is somewhere 'out there', in his own romantic relationship. What are you comfortable with knowing your future husband is doing with another woman? Take your answer and apply it to your own behavior. So your sexual activities relate not only to the respect you have for yourself but also to that which you have for your spouse-to-be. Pretty perfect way to look at it.
The man I'm seeing right now - who may or may not ever read this; he is aware of my Modestly Yours site writings, after all - so far embodies the general characteristics I desire/require in a partner: he's compassionate, selfless, intelligent, modest, athletic, secure and confident, thoughtful and kind, family-oriented, handsome, responsible, easygoing, funny, attentive, a hard worker, religious, honest, trustworthy, adventurous... the list goes on, of course. (Call me smitten.) And there is one trait - rather, choice he's made - that makes him all the more attractive in my eyes: abstinence.
It's really early - maybe too early to guarantee anything based purely on this one 'specimen' I mention above, but... girls: There are GOOD, FINE, SINGLE MEN still walking around the streets of our cities who exhibit all of the aforementioned qualities, who treat women the way they deserve to be, who are worth WAITING FOR. Resist the temptation to give over a most precious jewel of yours out of frustration or impatience. Wait for a prince. Can I get an AMEN? :-)