We first started to converse one day in the cafeteria lunch line – Bible college students from the same hometown. It was not a star-struck “love at first sight” enamored moment, `a la Hollywood style, but over the weeks as we became friends, the attraction was in action, and by the end of the semester, we were dating. Now the serious vetting could begin. For me, the question loomed – Is she the one?

My criterion was a woman with a heart for God who was willing to follow me anywhere. (At that time I was planning to return to the mission field in Asia where I had just served for two years.) This was a portal through which a potential wife in my world, must pass. While for me this was a very narrow and specific criterion, a wider principle can be stated thusly:

Is the person you are considering as a lifelong partner, a person of vision, and is that vision compatible with yours?

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