Under The Influence – Alcohol
““Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.”
In this chapter of Luke, Jesus is talking to his disciples about the end times. I chose this verse because I think when we talk about things that take over our life and become our main focus, this is exactly what is happening…we have fallen into a trap. Our world is crumbling around us and we either don’t notice or don’t care.
In this series, leading up to Independence Day, we’ll be talking about all the different worldly items that can, and often do, take the place of God.
I can think of more than one occasion when I traded awareness for an enjoyable evening of drinking. I can think back of good times with friends, but the ones that stay with me the most are the ones that left scars. Admittedly some physical, but mostly I’m talking about the relational scars. And I say they stay with me because they are the ones that made me make a fundamental change. The look of disappointment on my father’s face, as he picked me up from the drunk tank because I was arrested drinking underage. The terrible feeling of having a conversation with my wife the day after, starting with a simple, yet telling question: “Do you remember what you did last night?” All bundled up with the knowledge, I had let slip away, meaningful interactions with people, of whom God strategically placed in my life, and replaced them with let downs because of my actions.
Thank you God for You, my father, and my wife for showing me so much grace despite my actions so I can learn. I learn my limits. I learn how to set an example instead of joining in. I’m never perfect, but I want to be aware. I want my heart to be open to see what God has for me, and that starts with an ability to keep a clear vision on Him.
Over the next two weeks, we will take a look at what we feel are the major things that keep us, from a clear vision of what God has in store for us.
As kingdom men, we are targeted. The enemy will target anyone who looks to call out its tools for what they are and stand against them. Standing in the crosshairs, we are calling out alcohol abuse, and all the other things we will cover, exposing them for what they are: a foggy cloak to impair your awareness and steer you into the trap.