A couple of Arkansas hunters were deep into the woods when one of the men suddenly collapsed. His friend immediately called 911.
“I think my friend is dead! What do I do?”
The operator tried to calm the man down. “Stay calm. The first thing you need to do is make sure your friend is really dead.”
After a short silence, the operator heard a gunshot. Then the hunter was back on the phone.
“Okay, now what?”
In life – and hunting – it is important to get to the truth. While the hunter probably didn’t do it the right way, the point still holds. Before moving forward, it is imperative to get at the truth of your struggles, addictions, and pain.
“The truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Recovery Step: In order to get in recovery, you must walk in the truth – one day at a time.
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.