The most difficult time of year to stay sober is the Christmas season. Unless you want to count the Super Bowl, or opening day for baseball. Well, then there is the fourth of July...oh yeah, March Madness, or maybe when Nascar starts in February. And I forgot your birthday, that's the real deal. It's hard to stay sober on your birthday, er...then there's those days ending in "y." Everyday is hard to stay sober, if you don't want to stay sober. The list is endless. I drank because I was happy, sad, boredom, busyness, nervous because it would calm me, or I was too calm and needed to kick it up a notch. I drank because of the way I was treated at work, I drank because work was going great. I drank because no one was home, I drank because the house was full and the kids made me nervous. You get the message...I wanted to drink.
Is this you? A loved one? If this is you, I would love to tell you to try to hold off through Christmas, let your families have a break. But you and I know you can't quit, even for a day. Why? You want to drink/drug, no matter what day it is. I know you're miserable, you made a show at Christmas last year, and ruined everyone's good time. You lost your job, or was put in jail, or made a fool of yourself at the Christmas party. It really doesn't matter the reason...you're miserable! There is a way out if you've had enough. Don't wait to the new year to set a resolution, ask God to help you right now, ask Him to free you from this sickness, He will. Then put your faith into action and find a meeting, AA/NA or Celebrate Recovery, and let those there help you.
And if you're a loved one who has someone this reminds you of...you pray too. No amount of words you speak to them about getting help will be heard, but God hears you. If they ask God for help, and you ask Him for help, you both are agreeing in prayer, He will do it.
"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on Earth concerning
anything they ask, it will be done for them of my Father in heaven."
Matt. 18:19 (NKJV)
You can't beg them, threaten them, or throw them out to make them change. There are no carnal ways to force an addict or an alcoholic, not even prison. It takes a desire to live free of addictions, prayer, surrender, forgiveness. Each of these are worth a chapter, or an entire book itself. If you don't desire to quit, ask God to create in you that desire. Again, he will.
When the wise men came to see the Messiah, they didn't come empty handed. They brought gifts, gold, frankincence, and myrrh. How about you bringing Jesus a gift this year...yourself. If you surrender to him, you'll know what real freedom is.
Thanks for reading everyone, Merry Christmas! God bless and keep you all, Keith.