William Howard wrote, “The future belongs to the man who sets his sights on what is humanly unattainable.”
There are several dreams I once found unattainable in my life:
Saving my marriage
Life after pastoring
2,302 consecutive days of sexual sobriety (as of today)
Here’s the good news: we serve a God who turns the unattainable into the attainable, the impossible to possible.
We must adopt the mindset of Paul, who said, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before …” (Philippians 3:13).
Recovery Step: What has your addiction robbed you of? What dreams have eroded? What goals have been forgotten? What aspirations have been silenced? Put it all on the table before God. Then ask him to do for you what you could not do for yourself. Throw yourself on the mercy of the attainable God.
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.