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Your Willpower Is Not Enough: How to Level Up and Quit Porn

Last Updated: August 22, 2022

Keith Rose
Keith Rose

Keith Rose holds a Master of Divinity degree and BA in Sacred Music. Keith worked with the Covenant Eyes Member Care Team for 15 years. He has also served as a Bible teacher, pastoral assistant, and music director at his local church. He's now the editor of the Covenant Eyes blog and the author of Allied: Fighting Porn With Accountability, Faith, and Friends. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with his wife Ruby and daughter Winslow.

Imagine your life as an 8-bit video game. You know, the old side-scrolling video game where you progress through a world from left to right? All you have to do is get from one side to the other within a certain time limit, navigating the obstacles that are in your way. Your ability to avoid or fight those obstacles requires willpower—how much strength you have to avoid falling into porn. (Think a health or mana bar.)

When you start the level, your willpower is pretty strong. But as you play, your willpower diminishes. Each fight or obstacle you encounter costs willpower. Your willpower meter even depletes over time!  The problem is, there’s a big pit right before the end of the level—the pit of porn. You have to use a special combo to jump over that pit and finish.

You need a way to level-up your willpower to make it across…

This is the challenge people face trying to quit porn. They have a limited amount of willpower to resist temptation. They might have one day’s worth. They might have one week’s worth. They might even have a whole month of willpower for resisting porn. But eventually, they come to a jump with their resources depleted.

Check out our new series of blogs to learn the secrets of willpower, and how they can help you overcome porn!