Maya Angelou was right when he said, “All great achievements require time.”
Solomon wrote, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:8).
Anything worthwhile takes time to achieve. This is especially true of recovery from any addiction. There are early wins that you can achieve quickly. Others will take more time. Let me suggest six boxes you need to check off in the process of recovery. Each action begins with the letter “B.” It takes . . .
7 seconds to bounce your eyes
7 minutes to blunt your mind
7 days to begin new habits
7 weeks to build a foundation
7 months to break free
7 years to balance your life
Recovery Step: Ben Franklin nailed it when he said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” Recovery doesn’t “just happen.” It is the result of doing the right things for a long time. That process can’t be achieved in a day. But it can start in a day.
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.