12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Being as I am now approaching 14 days past the beginning of my marriage, I had a thought that I'd share with my past self if I could travel back in time. In addition to witnessing the creation of the world, the flood and the building of the ark, and probably stopping by to say hi to Martin Luther and thank him for all his great work, I'd like to tap my 21-year-old self on the shoulder and tell him a few things.
One of them being this -
A man walking through a desert while making steady progress toward an oasis will likely not be tempted too much to take a drink from flowing sewage along his path.
In your struggles with singleness and all the corresponding challenges with the sexuality of the world - man up and take steps toward marriage. Don't just sit there, lamenting the fact that you're still single, but think carefully about next steps on that journey. You've done a fairly decent job (by God's grace) of growing and building a good theological foundation about dating and courtship, but you haven't given a thought toward actually stepping in that direction. The temptation to stray in purity will always come hard and fast, but they will loosen their grip as you take deliberate steps towards a destination.