Two guys were working for the city. One would dig a hole, and the other would come behind him and fill it back up. A bystander was watching in disbelief. He said to the hole digger, “I am impressed by your hard work, the way you dig each hole. But why does your partner come behind you and fill it up?”
The digger replied, “Oh, let me explain. There are usually three of us on the team. The guy who is supposed to come after me to plant the trees called in sick today.”
The Bible says, “All things must be done properly and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Perhaps you’ve heard of the 12 Steps. There’s an old adage in 12-Step work that says the steps work if you work them. But like all aspects of recovery, you must work them.
Recovery Step: If your recovery is to be successful, you must do two things well: (a) plan your work, then (b) work your plan. Recovery must be done “properly and in order.”
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.