Byron Scott was one of the great shooters in the NBA, a three-time world champion and fourth pick in the NBA draft. Scott once led the Lakers in scoring on a team that included Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But it was a promise he made to his mother that haunted him throughout his career – first as a player, then as an NBA head coach for three different teams.
Byron Scott had promised his mother that he would graduate from college.
Scott said, “She had passed a few years ago, and that thought came back to my mind that I had promised to get my degree. I wanted to keep that promise. I just said I have to do this.”
So Byron Scott went back to college, at Arizona State University, and graduated at the age of 59.
In recovery, we have all made promises. “I’ll never masturbate again.” “I’m done with porn.” “I’ll never pay for sex again.” Promises made, promises broken.
But it’s not too late. You can still go back and do the right thing. These words can still be your words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
Let me suggest a four-point strategy to go back and get things right.
- Remember your goals.
- Restate your vision.
- Reframe your plans.
- Restart your recovery.
Recovery Step: Remember, restate, reframe, restart. It’s not too late. Get started today.