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Don’t Settle for a Guy Because You Think He’s the Last Option

By: Bethany Beal

Feelings of heartbreak, sadness and fear swept over me as I scanned the mountain range. I breathed in the fresh air hoping the great outdoors would do me some good. Life was hard at this moment in time. Like really really hard.

I was in my early/mid-twenties and completely distraught over a life changing decision.

To move forward in my relationship and get married, or, to end the relationship and enter back into singleness. Deep in my heart, I knew what I had to do. I knew I couldn’t continue the relationship out of fear and/or desperation. I knew I couldn’t get married out of the fear that this guy was “the last boat leaving the island of singleness.”

After much praying, crying, and more crying, I finally surrendered my hopes and dreams to the Lord and said, “not my will but yours be done.”

Days later the relationship ended.

The days that followed this breakup were some of the most transforming moments in my life. I went from being a girl who placed so many of her hopes and dreams on marriage, guys and a relationship status, to a girl who was desperate to find rest and contentment in the Lord.

God has been so good to me over the past few years and has given me an abundance of peace, rest, and contentment as a single girl. Despite the fact that the past several years have been a “guy drought” of sorts, those years have truly been some of the most fruitful in my life.

I imagine that many of you are thinking (or have thought), “I don’t want to give up the guy because he might be the last option.” You don’t want to give him up because he might be your final hope.

You want to be married. You want to be in a relationship. You want the guy. You want the attention.

Singleness sounds like a nightmare to you and you are considering “settling for the guy” to avoid heartbreak and sadness. You feel desperate. You feel sad. You feel fearful. You worry about your future.

I get it. I remember those feeling all too well. And that is why I’m writing to you.

I don’t want you to settle for a guy out of fear and/or desperation. I don’t you to justify a guy’s poor character because you like the relationship status. I don’t want you to compromise on your convictions because the guy flatters you. I don’t’ want you to marry a mediocre guy because you’re fearful it will be “the last boat off the island of singleness.”

Whether it’s a current relationship, a potential relationship, or an unknown future relationship, I want you to consider these three things:

1. Am I willing to seek out and listen to outside counsel?

If I had not sought out and listened to the wise counsel around me, I would have made very foolish relationship choices. Although I didn’t appreciate the wisdom offered in the moment, I’m deeply grateful for it today. I challenge you to seek out and listen to outside counsel. Ask your parents for their input. Consider the wisdom they have to offer. Ask a wise older woman to mentor you through the relationship and seriously take to heart what she has to say.

Don’t assume that you are all-knowing and will make the best decision. Trust the wisdom around you and seriously consider the advice of those who love you most.

2. Are you holding the relationship with open hands?

My hands were closed tight in a death grip for many many months. I wanted what I wanted and I wasn’t willing to give it up. It took me months and months to finally open my hands and say, “not my will but yours be done.”

I challenge you to evaluate your heart and ask yourself if you are holding your relationship/guy interest with an open hand or a closed grip. Do you truly desire God’s will above all else? Or, do you just want what you want? If you truly desire God’s will above all else, you need to relinquish control. You need to be willing to give up the relationship/guy if that needs to happen. Open your hands and say, “not my will but yours be done.”

3. Are you willing to be honest about the guy?

I’ll never forget my parents telling me, “a guy isn’t who he ‘says’ he is, he’s who his actions say he is.” Basically, talk is cheap, let’s see some action to back up your words. We, as girls, are the queens of making excuses for the guy we are interested in.

He’s trying.

He didn’t really mean it.

He said he was sorry.

He will do better next time.

He has a good heart.

We go on-and-on making up excuses and somehow convince ourselves the guy isn’t as bad as he appears. It’s time to be totally honest about your dude. Don’t’ sugarcoat his actions. Don’t justify his behavior. Don’t imagine him to be the guy you dream of him to be. Accept the facts of who he is right now. Be totally honest about his strengths and weaknesses. Base your views of his character on facts, not emotions.

My prayer is that you will have a heart that fully desires to honor God in this area. That you will hold your relationships and relationship status with an open hand. That you will truly and honestly say, “not my will but yours be done.”

Here is the prayer I penned the day after I ended my relationship. I encourage you to make it your prayer as well.

Taken word-for-word from my journal.

Lord, I surrender my hopes, dreams, expectations and desires to you. I pray you will fill me with wisdom and help me to follow hard after you. Please open my eyes to the truth and help me to seek you as I would buried treasure. Lord, you have such a better plan for me than I do. Please help me to run to you and seek your will above my own. Show me the truth and give me comfort. Please help me to run to you and focus on you. Amen!

If you want more on this topic, I recommend watching my video How to Find True Joy and Contentment as a Single Girl

Let’s talk about it.

Do you need to get honest about your current relationship?

Are you willing to make this prayer your own?

How do you line up with the three questions?


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9 Responses to Don’t Settle for a Guy Because You Think He’s the Last Option

  1. Rebekah Teravskis says:

    I have prayed something similar to your prayer, Bethany, not too long ago, and it has changed my view of life. I honor and respect you for making a God-honoring choice of singleness even when you could have settled for the guy. It is a role model for me. Keep up the good work. I pray all the time for you and Kristen. I especially pray that God would bless you with a godly man in His time for you as the godly husband you want. Blessings sister.

  2. Sarah Goodwin says:

    Great post! I’m thankful I had good people in my life when I was 18, and that I heeded their counsel to end a bad relationship. I’m 23 now, and haven’t been in a relationship since. Maybe that was the only ship that could have sailed me out of singleness, but I’m still thankful I didn’t take it! I really liked what you said about holding your relationship with open hands–I’m not anywhere close to being in a relationship (and seriously doubt I ever will be), but this really applies to our singleness too–Are we holding our singleness with open hands?? He may choose to keep me single, and if it’s His will, it’s going to be ok <3

  3. Hailey says:

    Such a great post and encouragement Bethany! I was wondering, would you and Kristen ever be interested in doing a post about body image in today’s society? This is something I struggle with immensely, and I know God’s truth about myself but sometimes it’s hard not to let society and the demons of this world get to me. You and your sisters always seem so full of happiness with God and I was wondering how you guys deal with these insecure thoughts? Thank you so much and thank you so much for making Girl Defined Ministries!

  4. Lizzy says:

    Thank you so much !

  5. Hannah says:

    I’ve never been in a relationship but I can relate to what you said about wanting a relationship (and ultimately marriage). It’s definitely a struggle to live my life fully for God in whatever He calls me and to completely trust His sovereignty. But I’m learning that it’s totally worth it! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Esther Rose says:

    Thank you for this. This is such a great encouragement. It has seriously helped me with my current relationship. Thank you.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for sharing, that was such an encouragement!

  8. Eunice says:

    Thank you. This has given me quite a bit to think about. Praise God that we can come to Him with every single struggle we have in our life, no matter how big or small!

  9. Allison says:

    This is so good! Thanks for sharing!

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