I have this theory that we are all getting older. And with age comes change. For the sake of oversimplification, I’ll assign each decade of life a one-word description. These words describe most people at each stage of life. These are our priorities as we mature.
20s – survival
30s – success
40s – significance
50s – stride
60s – strategic
70s – succession
80s – simplicity
90s – story
100s – So long!
Solomon observed, “There is a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). This is true with recovery. As we grow through various recovery stages, things change. Priorities change. We change.
Embrace the process. Embrace the season in which you find yourself today. But don’t stay there forever. Tomorrow will bring new challenges, opportunities, and victories.
Recovery Step: Embrace this season of life. But don’t stay there.
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.