| Careful who you follow, it might be a “drunk.” I just used this “tasteless term” in yesterday’s posting, and I regret using it, and I apologize. While its use may have served its purpose (considering the subject of that day – following your heart), I could have used a different term to make the exact same point, and it be less offensive. Here’s the reason: While drinking is a “choice,” it is not a choice that one would choose knowing the outcome of excessive drinking…i.e. alcoholism…drunkenness; and they always wish it were not so. Don’t get me wrong…. I “am not” a politically correct person. I call it the way I see it; and don’t intend to change. But in this case particular case; it was a poor choice of words on my part. But that poor choice, on my part, has given me the subject matter of today’s posting.In looking back over my own lifetime, I know that my Mother drank to excess (over time), and her Mother did the same. My Aunt did as well; and my natural Father did too. There are other family member who have drank too much, and paid costly prices for having done so. I know that it was the cause of my own parent’s marriage demise. And also other family members, and many, many friends. In fact, I think that “heavy drinking” has been the root-cause of most marriage failure, and family dysfunction. Equally at fault is probably drugs….and financial issues. And that brings up another issue…which problem causes which issue… financial issues or drinking issues……as so often, they go hand and hand. I guess you could say; I just don’t like the word…DRUNK.
I’m not saying that “drinking” is wrong, or evil, or even sinful. But, I am saying that EXCESSIVE drinking is all of the above. Personally, I have a “very excessive” personality, and as such, I don’t drink at all….along with “other stuff” that would be dangerous for me to indulge….those will other stories to tell down the line. Revelation 18:3 – “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” Proverbs 23:20-21 – Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.
It’s my guess that even “you” have someone in your family that does “things in excess,” even for an example…they might drink too much. No, I don’t have any magic formula to “clear that matter up,” but what I do know is that we all are responsible for “one another,” just as we are responsible to God. Said more simply, our responsibility lies in working for the Lord, whether it is in “looking after orphans or widows in distress” (James 1:27), giving to the hungry, the naked, visiting those in prison (see Matthew 25:35-36), serving in our workplace (see Colossians 3:22), or doing whatever we do (Colossians 3:23). And our motivation is that we have God’s own promise that our work “is not in vain” in the Lord “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:24).
…… In conclusion… think about it this way…. the next drunk you see…. might be a “guardian angel” in disguise. Blessings….cjlb…..11/30/14.
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