In December, 1874, a snowstorm hit the western United States. John Muire, a founder of the Sierra Club, left his friend’s cabin in the Sierra Nevadas to climb a 100-foot tree from which he would experience the full force of the storm.
Muir made a habit of doing things that took him to the edge of nature.
The Bible tells us about another man who was into climbing trees, but for a better reason.
“Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus” (Luke 19:1).
If you want a fresh encounter with God, you will need to get out of your comfort zone. If you want lasting recovery, you will need to start climbing trees.
Recovery Step: Go to a new meeting. Do a therapeutic disclosure. Become totally honest. Climb a tree.
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.