Posts Tagged ‘goal’

Comment I heard recently…

September 4, 2011 1 comment

“Anything I place in front of my recovery I will lose anyway.”


How about this statement instead: “Anything I place in front of Christ I will lose anyway.”

Recovery or Christ? Is recovery the god of the person who made the first statement above? Maybe. Recovery is certainly the most important “thing” in the person’s life! Our goal must not ONLY be to stay clean and sober (recovery) but our goal must be to glorify God with our lives and to live for Him alone!

You may be thinking I am splitting hairs over this but it’s important and an important distinction. The biblical word is transformation anyway – not recovery! God wants more than just recovery; He wants a transformation for the person struggling with an addiction. Praise God!

-Mark (wanting more than just sobriety; wanting to know Christ more deeply and wanting to glorify His Name!)


Recovery vs. Transformation? Which do you want?

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I heard someone say, “I just want to go back to the days when I was 5 years old and didn’t have this abuse happen to me. I want to go back to those days before I became an addict. I want to be a better me.”

I understand that sentiment. I really do. But here’s the real deal: God doesn’t want you to return back to when you were 5 years old. He wants greater than that for you because He wants you to become LIKE His Son, Jesus! Imagine that!

Jesus was perfectly just, loving, truthful, and gracious (see John 1:14). You can be, too, by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you (2 Tim. 1:14).

So, to my understanding, a recovery is a good thing. It’s just temporarily focused. A transformation, on the other hand, is a great thing. It’s eternally focused with power for good in this life and in the life to come forever!

Transformation is our goal for counselees because it’s God’s goal. He wants us to “be transformed” by the power of His might.

-Mark (I want to be made new, made like Christ, so I can be someone who glorifies the King of Kings)

Webinar Invite – April 11 – When the Goal is NOT Just “Clean and Sober”

April 9, 2010 1 comment

I received this email from Dr. Rick Thomas and wanted to invite you all to attend this webinar on Sunday night, April 11th at 8 p.m. Here’s the email he sent to me (I’m glad I’m invited!):

Please reserve this date for a special two part series on Addictions by Dr. Mark Shaw, President of Truth In Love Ministries.  If you do not want to receive these notification, please e-mail us and we will respond promptly to your request.
When The Goal Is Not Just Clean and Sober – Part 1

Join us for a Webinar on April 11

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Dr. Mark Shaw, PResident of Truth in Love Ministries, will present crucial instruction on the goal and motivation for working with someone who has a life dominating sin.  The biblical counslor’s goal is not to become satisfied that the counselee is free from a substaqnce and living a life of sobreity.

Dr. Shaw will convincely demonstrate clean and sober are only possible when the counselor motivates the counselee to a high level – namely the glory of God.

Mark your calendars for part one of this two part series in the month of April.  Enlightening, eye-opening, and encouraging!

Title: When The Goal Is Not Just Clean and Sober – Part 1

Date:Sunday, April 11, 2010

Time:8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

-Mark (just thankful to be serving Christ daily for His glory)

When the goal is NOT just clean and sober

March 14, 2010 3 comments

Many people want to help drug addicts and alcoholics to get off of drugs but that is NOT our primary goal at TIL.

Instead, our primary goal is to glorify God and then to care for the soul. So what’s the difference?

Well, for starters, we must tell people the truth and speak it in love. We must point people to Christ as the answer for their sin problem. We must be Gospel-driven. We must be Christ-centered. We must be Holy Spirit-empowered. We must be biblical and rightly interpret the Word of God. We must seek to please God first and then man.

So if we want to please God yet are nervous about sharing the Gospel, then we have to use biblical language, talk about sin, and talk about our need for a Savior. We must be bold to proclaim the truth in love to hurting souls because ONLY Christ has the power to heal the brokenhearted.

We are caring for souls both in this life (clean and sober goal) and in the life to come (eternal goal of leading them to Christ for salvation).

-Mark (thankful for bigger goals than just being clean and sober)

Even Madonna wants to help people…

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Many organizations and most ministries have the primary goal of wanting to help people.

At TIL, helping hurting souls is our SECONDARY goal.

That’s right. It is second to our PRIMARY goal of “glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Not every organization or ministry can say that. It’s why we do what we do, though we fall short of our goal often. We keep trying to achieve that goal.

I was glad to see Madonna and other celebrities wanting to help in Haiti. That was a great goal they had – help hurting people. We share that goal with Madonna and others. But where we are different (and many churches and ministries) from them is that we ALSO want to GLORIFY GOD FIRST and FOREMOST.

-Mark (thankful for the vehicle that is TIL that allows me to glorify my Lord and Savior EVERY day!)

God Offers More

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

I told someone recently that I appreciate the heart’s desire of many in psychology who want to help hurting souls. These folks are compassionate. It’s just that their goal is not enough. God offers more. God wants more!

I know that God offers more than just help. God offers Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. God offers a relationship to us that is eternal. God offers us His wisdom and His shepherding and His power and His purpose for us in this life and in the life to come (eternal).

At TIL, helping people is our secondary goal and really is a by-product of achieving our first goal: glorifying God by reconciling people to Christ. We want to see people saved and surrendered to Christ. We want them to serve Him by functioning in His body. We want to see them overcome their problems through obedience to Christ so that they can comfort and help others to be reconciled to God (II Cor. 1:3-4). We want to see them TRANSFORMED and believe God is still in that business of transforming His children by His grace!

Not only do we want people helped, we want God glorified through all we say and do. We honor His Word of truth and deliver it in the love of Christ.

God offers more than just temporary relief from problems – that’s all the world and psychology can offer. God offers that and more – eternal life!

-Mark (seeking to glorify God and watch the Lord reconcile hurting souls to Himself)