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Fear may not disappear, but that’s when courage becomes stronger than fear.

, in which couples seek to bypass the challenges and dedication that deep relationships—and, eventually, marriage—require.

If you've been down this road before, you know that it's seldom successful.

You remain stuck in the "friend zone," which is relationship purgatory if you have a crush on someone.

Go ahead and hang out with someone if you're just getting to know him or her. They hang out perpetually, creating confusion and tension that could easily be dissipated by asking someone on a date.

By all means, don't ask a person out just because you think he or she is cute but know nothing else about them. I often get the questions: Figuring that out is the easy part.

They said that it was exhausting trying to figure out if a guy liked them or not.

So let's cover a few differences between dating and hanging out, in hopes of making life easier for these ladies. OK, he's probably not a serial killer, but you get my point. The problem is that many people never make the leap.

If it doesn't work out, God's love will take care of you far more than the love of any human on earth.

This kind of fearful hemming and hawing isn't how Christians should do things. I'm not saying that in deference to antiquated courtship rituals. You need a passion, something that excites you and gives your life meaning and purpose.

It should be something thrilling and at least a little daunting.

I don't care if you're the most self-confident, well-adjusted person around; rejection hurts. So instead of asking the person on a date, you go on approximations of dates that allow for plausible deniability of all romantic intentions. Fear of rejection alone has resulted in the proliferation of Starbucks like a French-roasted virus.

It makes the remaining friendship awkward at best, and humiliating at worst. People suffer through this in the hope that the object of their affection will eventually buckle and reveal his or her true feelings. They keep making up excuses to hang out, hedging all their bets and waiting for God to give them a sign.

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