On a recent trip to Texas, we visited our favorite mall in Waco. It is full of interesting collectibles and gadgets. One of the shops was full of refrigerator magnets. Now, I’m not really a refrigerator magnet guy, but I can appreciate the work that goes into thinking up cute things to write on said magnets.
One said this: “I’ll get over it. I just need to be dramatic first.”
It is how we respond to life’s challenges that matters more than the challenges themselves.
An old Buddhist proverb says, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
While I’m not sure I agree that suffering is optional, certain responses are. Let me give two examples.
When you are triggered, you don’t have to act out.
When you are knocked down, you don’t have to stay there.
Recovery Step: “Do not be dismayed, for I am your God” (Isaiah 41:10).
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.