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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.
* In the old hard business days, my dad never fired his diet coke once. Their relationships with some family members got strained because no one remembered going out without a beer. They tried not to judge others but they knew what they knew. For them, it was not even a choice to stop drinking, it was just what they were now. They tied their identity intact and never looked back. It's been about thirty years since this decision now.
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* 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.
* I believe that accepting the Lord has given me a legitimate reason not to do so. Now that drinking has become "acceptable" and "normal" in the church - which was certainly not the case 40 years ago - there are times when I feel not to get in or avoid some social problems. Events because I will be the strange man with a glass of water. My family has buried two young people over the last two years because of overdoses and another is undergoing detoxification now - and the three pathways of destruction these young people have started drinking.
* Maybe if we understood that tempering was not a forced lawlessness but a choice of positivism, its benefits would much more easily counteract good beer advertising. I do not think that drinking is even the problem intrinsically, it's a symptom of something that covers something else. It's like saying, "I feel better when I feel less in control of myself and my mind." And the more we drink, the more we become isolated and isolated.
* You finally progressed from running 13-minute miles to running 25-minute 5Ks, and then you introduced lifting into the mix. What is your greatest fitness achievement? I have never been able to do sit-ups. But finally, I started doing deadlifts, squatting and benching, and before long I had a six pack. So I tried to see if I could do sit-ups, and all of a sudden I could get out of 60. It's pretty cool to do as much as I want.
* But, I'm very glad you shared that none of these things really happened. Thank you. Ron, thank you for your words. God knew exactly what I needed to hear today ... and that was your essay. Thank you. I am a 43 year old pastor and your story alcohol and cynicism is almost identical to mine. I stopped almost two yearsthere are years, after about a year of the Holy Spirit gently, but constantly inviting me to stop.
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