Every person you know knows something that you don’t. So you have something to learn from everyone. And everyone has something to learn from you. That’s because we all have strengths and we all have weaknesses.
Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by his ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
A great prescription for depression is to focus on everyone else’s strengths. But a prescription for success is to focus on the gifts God has given you.
Paul said, “Each person has received a gift” (1 Peter 4:10).
If you want to be happy, successful, and live in recovery, spend more time focused on what you can do well instead of the things you aren’t so good at.
Recovery Step: Identify one gift, talent, or ability which God has given you. Then live from your strengths.
Author: Mark Denison
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.