If you’re single, you’ve probably been advised at some point to make a “list” of qualities you want in a spouse.
If you’re a Christian single, you’ve probably gotten this advice even more often, given that we Christians have added spiritual criteria to consider (must be in the Word, must be committed to church, etc.).
Lists are fun to make; they make that future feel right around the corner. And they’re valuable, with caveats. Having to sit down and ponder what really matters in a partner, what would best fit our soul and personality, and how God might want to sanctify our list – all good stuff.
But there was a pastor I once followed for about a year whose congregation consisted of singles of varying ages, and he suggested this:
Make a second list – of things you can live without.
Like, actually sit down and write that second list with the same pencil and paper.