I find absolutely no sense in continuing to date someone I wouldn't want to marry and think it would be less painful if it didn't drag on.

There was this guy that liked me a while ago that was an MD/Ph D that she was VERY enthusiastic about even though I pretty much couldn't stand him.

*sigh* Basically, I believe the things she values and prioritizes are rather superficial and often FAR from the things that our Creator values.

It sounds like you're an adult woman who is working towards a decent future, and good for you having somebody there you can share a bit of the road with, if not all of it. It sounds like your mom wants the best for you and today it is hard to get a job. It sounds like your mom wants the best for you and today it is hard to get a job.

We all have our own standards and desires when it comes to that person we want to spend the rest of our lives with. It may become harder for those who are less educated. It may become harder for those who are less educated.

It seems like such a shallow reason that normally I would disregard it, but I prayed specifically at the start of this relationship that "God, if this is the one, please let my parents' approval be a sign to me." I've talked to my mother about it--describing his good attributes and that, despite the lack of Ph.

D, he is quite brilliant, and she seemed reluctant to give her full opinion.

She has never met him or spoken with him, but I just sense her disapproval.

In particular, she dislikes the fact that, although he has a Master's degree, he is not planning on going for a Ph. Yeah....sounds really silly now that I've typed it out, but this is the case.

Like JRF I wonder if you are rushing the need to know if he's "the one", somehow, and wonder how long you have known this fellow? Yeah, I know, I know--I tend to freak out prematurely about things like this.