New Year…Fresh Start – Quit Drinking

If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve (James 5:13-16, Common English Bible).

As I begin to write this post, I admit to you, I don’t have strong feelings about this post. This is not a subject I have any strong feelings about. I am only writing this particular post because it is on just about every list of popular New Year’s Resolutions I saw during my research.

I also admit, I drink. I don’t do so often. I don’t drink much when I do drink. And, I NEVER drive after drinking anything, no matter how small the amount. That last part, I do have pretty strong feelings about.

I truly do not believe there is anything wrong with drinking, for most of us. There are some people, however, who do need to stop drinking. People who are recovering alcoholics  need to stay far away from alcohol.

I used to drink quite a bit more than I do now. In my younger days, I drank just about every night, at least a little bit. Sometimes it was a whole lot. I sinned because I didn’t drink in moderation, I was often drunk. Drunkenness is a sin. I committed that sin many times.

When I entered the ministry I realized I needed to change. I stopped drinking completely for a while. After some time, I did begin to drink again, but it is rare. It is probably about 3-5 drinks a year. And as I said above, I never drink and drive regardless of the amount I drink. I refuse to risk hurting someone else because I had something to drink. In my opinion, the mere act of getting behind the wheel of a car after having consumed alcohol is a sin because it places other people, innocent people, at risk. I will not take the chance.

Because I don’t have strong feelings about this particular resolution, I don’t have a lot of answers about how to proceed, but I have a few suggestions.

  1. Tell someone you want to quit to help hold you accountable.
  2. Pray. The first place we should go with any problem is to God in prayer.
  3. Stay away from people and places that might tempt you to drink again.
  4. Find a way to get some help. I typed “Quit Drinking” into Google and found over 11 million websites to help.
  5. If you need more help, look into programs like Alcoholic’s Anonymous.

Quitting any habit isn’t easy. In fact, it is one of the hardest things you will ever do. But, if you need to quit drinking, take it to God, tell a friend, avoid tempting people and places and get the help you need. I believe we can overcome this just like any other problem. With God on our side, we cannot fail.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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