The first thing to point out is that it is indeed an honour to do the will of the divine, even if that means making sacrifices. Amen.
When Jesus suffered in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, he was acting out a sacred part of history, and celibacy is a small calling compared to that kind of suffering.
I will, from now on, only have sex for the purposes of procreation, which means no contraception and no “self-pleasing” if you understand my meaning.
No doubt there will be times when my resolve will be tested, but I was intentionally celibate for a year in the past, despite having a girlfriend, so I know it is possible.
I am very grateful to the divine for this honour, which to me signifies a spiritual calling. How things will pan out I cannot be sure, but if my humble life is pleasing to the divine mind then I am truly and deeply thankful.
I am also happy to wait until I am married before having children. Not being a Christian any longer, I am unsure of the kind of marriage or marriages I will have, but I will pray about it, and we shall see.
What are your views on sex before marriage and unprotected sex?