I love the words of David Brinkley: “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
Booker T. Washington said it a bit differently. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
To overcome one’s sexual addiction is to overcome a lot of obstacles. The question is not how many bricks will be thrown your way, but what you will do with those bricks.
When I was “discovered,” I took a lot of hits. I could have built a three-story house with the bricks that were thrown my way. But it was my addiction that created those bricks. So I learned to take the criticism and rejection I felt from many. And now, as I look back, I realize that it was those very bricks that served as the foundation for much of my recovery.
Recovery Step: When someone throws another brick, build something with it. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).