In 1931, Knute Rockne died in a plane crash at the age of 43. Having led Notre Dame’s football program for the last ten years, Rockne was recognized as America’s first great college coach. His lessons are still taught in locker rooms and on football fields today.
Here’s just one gem from the legendary coach: “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.”
Said another way, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17).
Sex addicts are good talkers. We know how to say the right thing to deflect from our behavior. We know how to make our spouse think she’s the crazy one. We know how to present ourselves as the person we want others to think we are.
I suggest we embrace Coach Rockne’s words, with a slight twist: “One man practicing recovery is far better than 50 preaching it.”
Recovery Step: Become the person you want others to think you are.
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.