If you aim at something, but are off by just one degree, will it really matter? Actually, yes.
If you are off by just one degree over the course of a mile, you will miss your target by 92 feet. If you were to fly from New York to Los Angeles, and be off by just one degree, you’d miss your target by 50 miles.
Many of us treat recovery like hand grenades and dancing – close is good enough.
But is close good enough? That would be a firm “NO!”
Yes, it’s about progress, not perfection. But never give yourself permission to view porn, masturbate, sext, or visit sexually provocative websites. To be off by just one degree would be comparable to a quick slip. No big deal, unless that slip is off the side of a mountain.
Recovery Step: “Let him who sins sin no more” (John 8:7).
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.