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Are Your Dating Standards Reasonable or Are You Being Too Picky?

I remember sitting with a good friend as she recounted her love story. “God surprised me,” she said. Many of us, guys and girls, have our own version of “the list,” and my friend had kept a long one for a long time. She threw it away when she started getting serious with the man who would one day be her husband. He wasn’t the man who could check off all her precious boxes, but he was the one to whom she chose to say, “I do.”

When you look at your list, how do you know if you’re being reasonable or if you’re being too picky? Here are six ways to tell.


You’re being too picky if…

  1. Your list is way too specific. If he must be a 6’2″ blonde, green-eyed, tattooed (a cross and something in Hebrew, of course) med student/theologian in order to get a first date with you, you’re probably being too picky. While this perfect man might actually exist, you’ve blown off a few other great ones in the process of looking for this magical guy. What about those guys? What if they were looking for a 5’3″, blue-eyed, brunette art school/activist you?
  2. You ditch someone you were attracted to for one wrong thing. Okay, you like different kinds of music. His favorite movie isn’t even in the same genre as yours. He roots for the rival football team. Unless you really do want to date yourself (and then there might be a different issue), these things are not deal-breakers, darling!
  3. You expect to be treated like an actual princess on every date. If you’re in high school or college (or even out in the rest of the world), most guys won’t have a million dollars to spend on your first date. Don’t expect it to look like the movies or the “dates” on a reality show. Appreciate the little gestures early on, like a creative date idea or a great conversation.


You’re being reasonable if…

  1. Your main list is made up of values. Sure, it’s okay to be attracted to the blonde boy I described above. But what about his character? Does he love Jesus? Does he treat people with kindness? Is he a man you can trust? Start with the five most important values you hope to find, then put the pen down and write the rest of your wants in pencil.
  2. You ditch someone because of red flags. If he is a major jerk to the waiter, lies to you, blurs details of his story, tries to get way too serious or pushes your boundaries on the first date, please let this one go. These are real reasons to move on, not just silly differences.
  3. You expect to be treated like the valuable woman you are. Listen up, ladies—you deserve to be respected and even adored while looking for love. Will a guy you just started dating know how much quality time you need or buy you your favorite flowers right away? Maybe not. But every man you date should treat you with respect. Every man should look you in the eye, ask questions so he can get to know the real you and make a good effort to do something you both enjoy on your date. Don’t lower your standards when it comes to your own worth.


When I go on a first date, I tell myself the same thing: “People are worth knowing.” Some of the greatest men I’ve dated didn’t match the attributes on my original list. If I’d held onto my too-high ideals instead of saying yes, I would never have known them, or the things I learned about myself in our relationships.

What’s on your list? Which standards do you need to get rid of, and which are important to keep?

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  1. Pink Violin

    Posted by Pink Violin on October 6, 2015 at 22:07

    I think that very last point is always important to remember. Too often I find myself sizing a guy up first thing and pegging him as to whether he’s boyfriend material or not on our first conversation… or the first time I see him across a room… that’s never a great start!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sel102 on October 4, 2015 at 13:42

    Thank you! This was helpful:)

  3. abbyjay1

    Posted by abbyjay1 on September 26, 2015 at 19:42

    This is so true! Two thumbs up! 🙂

  4. TiffanyDawn

    Posted by TiffanyDawn on September 23, 2015 at 06:26

    I LOVE this!! Well said!

  5. USGIRL95

    Posted by USGIRL95 on September 22, 2015 at 20:13

    1. He has to be a true repented + Christ follower Bibcal Christian there some guys that claim to be a Christian their lifestyle + how they act isn’t a life of a true Christian or young man to live.
    2. He loves the Lord than me,
    3. treats his parents with respect just as he dose with his friends also.,
    4. He is forgiving when a girl sins against him,.
    5. He is loving + extra long suffering, devoted to his girl + the lord.
    6. He doesn’t retaliate against when his girlfriend lashses at him.
    7. He reads the Bible takes it serosuely,
    8. He listens to other people when they give advise,.
    9. He isn’t selfish
    10. He is a sinner + a redeemed by Christ,..

    I will not unquoke young men,. The Bible says not to.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by annesenoel on September 21, 2015 at 11:12

    I agree that there’s definitely instances when a girl (or guy) could be too picky. But sometimes God uses it to teach you! After getting out of an abusive relationship, I was angry with guys in general and had written off dating completely. I had no idea that within a year God was going to introduce me to my future husband. I tried to be stubborn and “test God” so to speak. I had my list of personality traits and things (he had to love God, be really kind to others, etc). I told God that I wasn’t going to date a guy unless on top of all those things, the guy had to be tall, have curly brown hair, and blue eyes. Looking back on that, I laugh at myself because that’s a list of the physical traits of my future husband. I walked into a new church and there was this tall, curly-haired guy, blue eyes and all and completely in love with God. I’m by no means saying that’s normally how it works. But man, God has a sense of humor!

    • miss_anita

      Posted by miss_anita on March 7, 2016 at 08:33

      Ohh my gosh I love this so much. This is such a cute and funny story ?

    • knockknox

      Posted by knockknox on September 24, 2015 at 23:49

      this is so cute and funny! makes you laugh and wonder why we ever forget that God has a sense of humor too doesnt it? after all we got it from Him ?

  7. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on September 21, 2015 at 05:56

    I am probably pretty specific, but I have two lists: Absolutes and Would Be Nice. What I am specific on is the absolutes. My absolutes are more character and morals than physical attributes though. Plus, I believe that God places the “requirements” you have on your heart for a reason. I am a crazy baseball fan. Would I really like it if my boyfriend liked baseball as much as do? YES! But that isn’t an absolute. What is an absolute is that he believes the same things I believe. If not, the relationship could be really complicated. These are my quick thoughts on the subject. Great post!