“…But, “before you think that I think,” that I’m Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes,” consider this…”

??????????I ABSOLUTELY refuse to take a drink of any type of alcohol, even beer, wine, or champagne. I refuse to smoke, use profanity, or drink coffee. I’ve NEVER taken or used any type of illegal drug. Some of my friends make fun of me regarding my quirky nature regarding these rather mundane issues. Here’s why I am adamant about it. Except for the drugs… I’ve done all of these. I used to light my Mother’s cigarettes for her on occasion…I quit doing that at about age 10. I found that drinking a ½ pint of bourbon, per year, was not worth the trouble, and it didn’t set a good example for my children. I doubt that I’ve bought, or consumed, one whole case of beer in by life (again not worth the trouble); and I’ve tasted only a few glasses of wine and champagne. With alcoholism on both sides of my family … I ran from it… not to it. As for coffee… I developed a habit of that in 1962, and drink a boatload of it until 1982. I stopped “it” one afternoon at about 3 o’clock, and haven’t had a drop since. I cussed like a sailor from age 9 until 14. Cussing says very little for one’s vocabulary. Plus, I got a little religion, and stopped that nonsense. So there you have it. What’s the point, you might ask? But, “before you think” that I think, that I’m Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes,” consider this: These bits of baggage are things that I’ve MASTERED, and I don’t EVER want to give satan a foothold again. All of them, especially a good smelling cup of Java… is very tempting. And, sometimes, I really want to cuss. But each time I think of those old bad habits… I realize that I can, and often do, MASTER other types of garbage. I won’t go into those details now, but, by not giving into these past forms of self-indulgence, keeps me on my toes, and alert to those other SELF’IES that are so tempting in today’s society, some of which, sadly, I do engage. With the advent of the internet … the possibilities are endless….thank Gore for that. Sure, I’ve got plenty of bad habits that I’m working on still, but because I’ve MASTERED those listed above, I KNOW that there is hope for me… in cleaning out the “bad-habit-closet.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].  James 5:16 – Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.… Blessings… cjlb…7/18/14.

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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