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* That being said, I understand the legalistic aspect and I do not want to make any judgment on the many Christians and non-Christians whom I love and respect and who I appreciate. just a social drink. It feels good not to be judged for something that is not for me. Our personal experiences shape us as we all form the beautiful body of Christ. Mostly - let's love it. I stopped drinking almost 3 years ago to the day.
* When an emergency occurs, when one is vague and hot because of alcohol, how can one meet the challenge responsibly? When a man just like David Wilkerson writes a book titled Sipping Saints, you have to be careful! So, GOD told you that you had to stop drink? Wow, I am impressed. God speaks to you. Super writing. Would not be surprised if some lives ended up being spared by calamity simply because of the influential thoughts you shared and the courage you have modeled.
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* What I do know is that even though I miss the social aspect of the drink, my abstinence has led me on a path of freedom in a way that I doubt I have encountered otherwise. One of the many tools on my recovery path has been a Christ-centered program, 12 steps called Celebrate Restoration. This is not a substance abuse specific recovery group, although there are many of us who find it healing through this program.
* I began to see how our culture has become centered on alcohol. To see how much of our fun version revolves around wine or beer or some form of alcohol. To see how unhealthy our dependence is. To see the industry around it, capitalize and market and sell and manipulate and operate. I started to see what those fun-free t-totals of a hundred years ago had seen - how the victims of alcohol were almost always the ones who were the most vulnerable, how she impoverished families and lives, barrels of powder of desire.
* In my soul, I could see the Holy Spirit practically jogging beside me to say once in a while "Are not you ready to put some more weight? I think it's time for you to stop this one. It's time to ask it. It seems to me that it gets heavier. No, no, I'm fine. I will continue like that. Everyone does it. It's good. We are all well. I'm fine. Look how good we are. I may sit on the side of the road for a moment to catch my breath.
* Do you miss drinking? I really miss the good craft beer. We have atons of big breweries here. And I lack of red wine with a good steak. It kills me. Small price to pay for not waking up on Sunday morning and feeling like shit, though. Oh, it's pretty awesome. I can stay up late and get up early and be totally good. My children are up at 6.30am in the morning, and I can be with them if I want it without wanting a barf.
* But, I'm just wondering how many young people are influenced to drink alcohol because their parents are "not lactic", who could then become "one" who can not exit. Thank you again for this sweet, affectionate and honest testimony. Ron, thank you very much for writing this essay. I too stopped drinking. There was no ultimatum, accident or incident. I just knew that God wanted me to stop, but my voluntary sobriety won every time.
* When reading this, I thought why, if it's "freedom" to drink ... is not it also "freedom" not to do it? I find it very liberating not to do it! I had a lot of experience of opposing childhood - a family with several generations of alcoholics. My mother made me my first margarita shortly after turning 18 years old. I have a cousin in recovery, a brother who is currently out of the wagon, and many other parents actively hooked.
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