I’m pretty sure this is the call on our lives from no less than Jesus, the world’s most famous single person.
I’m compelled by the idea that Jesus was probably celibate, but that it would have been for a purpose, and that it might have been hard to bear sometimes.
For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.
Smiling pictures were being uploaded, and smiles, winks, and questions were being tapped through cyberspace.
In Romans 12:1 the Christian is told: "Be not ___________________________ to this world, but be ye ______________________________ by the renewing of your mind." In other words, dont let the world squeeze you into its mold!
For example, dont let television, movies or the internet be your guide as to what is proper and improper in the area of dating, sex and marriage.
He had intimate friendships, and he was dedicated to his work.
If his celibacy was hard, he was not overly anxious about it; he leaned into the other parts of his life. Part of figuring out how to live into the creative life of God is figuring out how to live into being yourself, and choosing the spiritual practices and disciplines that support your own discipleship.