Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz made history when his team performed the first heart transplant in America, at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, on December 6, 1967. Neary 41 years later, on November 14, 2008, Dr. Kantrowitz died – of heart failure.
Putting the irony of his cause of death aside, Dr. Kantrowitz taught us an important lesson – the importance of helping others.
Paul said it like this: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
So here’s my question for those of you who have found some sobriety, even if just a few days. What are you doing to help others find sobriety also?
Recovery Step: Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful.” My challenge to you is that you identify one way in which you can be useful in helping another person get well.
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.