Influence

I think I was twelve when I had my first beer and I immediately liked it. Later, I figured out how many I needed for a real buzz. After high school, whiskey and coke was my “forget-about-it” choice. I didn’t have to drink, but if I had one, it wouldn’t let me stop until my body was no longer controlled by my mind. A Viet Nam vet introduced me to marijuana, but I quickly realized it couldn’t take the place of alcohol. Marriage didn’t change my love for the drink, but it made my life a whole lot more complicated. Marital bliss was on a collision course with booze.

One evening after a drink-infused night, an argument ensued and my wife made a threat. She wasn’t going to live like that anymore. I didn’t want to lose her. I cried out to God whom I didn’t believe in, “Lord, if you are there, help me.” He did and that was forty-eight years ago.

Would I still like a drink? Yes, but I don’t have to have one. You don’t stop being part Irish because you came to Christ, nor do you lose your taste for alcohol. However, there is a more powerful influencing factor.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Luke 19:10

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

If called upon, God breaks through in a person’s life.

Give it some thought.

Gary

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