A pastor, priest, and rabbi debated the subject of when life begins.
The priest said, “Life begins at conception.”
The rabbi argued, “Life begins at birth.”
They waited for the pastor’s response. After much thought, he said, “I have five kids. For me, life began when the last of them finally left home.”
When our son left home, we celebrated by changing the locks on the doors.
The empty nest time can be a great time – if you use it wisely. It is a great time to focus on your marriage, long-term financial goals, career, health, and most of all – recovery.
Recovery Step: At some point in life, you will say with Paul, “I have finished the race” (2 Timothy 4:7). That is a given. What is left to be decided is how you finish the race. And that script is still being written.
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.