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* Which is a healthy choice because it is a way to see reality and manage stress and hardship responsibly and clearly. The body feels better when it is not poisoned and the mind is stronger because it accepts itself as an important, resilient and valuable person. As long as someone can maintain that temperature, I think the alcohol is fine. It's just a constant rebalancing and refocusing that may not be the best choice for some, in which case it's perfectly fine to do it.
* 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.
* That's also why I will never drink. Even if I was not Christian. So thank you again Anne Horne Thank you very much for that. Both my parents were alcoholics, as were my two grandfathers. I knew that I never wanted my children to grow up around that, so when I became a Christian in my early twenties, I made the decision not to drink anymore. Most people and I assumed that my decision had to do with my newly found faith, but now I think it had more to do with my absolute fear of going down that path myself.
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* Thank you for asserting the Christians who chose not to drink and who felt judged for this personal choice. I have seen alcohol cause so much suffering and suffering in the lives of the people I love and contribute to so many societal problems. I consider that I am liberal enough on many social issues, but I have striven to show how much we glorify and celebrate something that contributes to so much suffering for so many children of God.
* But that is to say that we can sometimes be wrong in making drinking or not drinking alcohol a bigger problem than that. And when something becomes a truly spiritual problem, it can be exaggerated into something that it is probably not. It is then easier to see a dependence or even to create a dependency. It is also easier to judge the motivations of others. I hope you have read Ron's story to the end.
* God is our best self. God is the part of us who is kind and loving and who loves us too. And God is our bond with each other. I liked your message. Thank you. We have a lot of freedom as Christians, but we are bound to the Holy Spirit, and he invites us to change. I have not quite arrived at the same place that you have but close. When our freedom defies the restitution of others or causes the other to stumble, it is not freedom but weight.
* I greatly appreciate your sensitivity to the community of recovery. And yes, there may be some freedom, but is it a good idea? A question that is worth asking - and God. What a loving thing to do in solidarity with your son, Ron - who blessed me. Wow, you write exquisitely. I am totally in touch with what you have written. I stopped drinking more than a year ago, and I had many of the same excuses, reasons and justifications.
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