It's the middle of football season, the holidays are around the corner. People are making plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many of the drinkers and dopers are looking a little further ahead...New Years Day! But many of these poor folk are looking to that day for a different reason than the party that revolves around that season. Many are thinking of a new beginning, kicking their habit once and for all. I know this is true, an alcoholic that used drugs. I would often think; once I get past the regular season of football, and these holidays, I'm finished with this way of living for good. But that was put off as the time approached, after all, there was the Super Bowl party, then Nascar in February, March madness, Opening day for baseball, and then my birthday, you know the story. Every addiction comes with self-indulgence and an excuse package, all included in the special offer. If you act now...you can get an additional habit and excuse package, absolutely free!
All of the weekend warriors have the intention of ending our compulsions to use, but we normally only feel the pressure to be serious about quitting when our weekend includes a OVI or DUI, followed by $2500.00 in fines and lawyer fees, and a few days in the pokey. Or we get home so messed up from our Sunday afternoon game and cause so much havoc at home that the family leaves. We were setting in that bar, planning hours earlier to leave at halftime and finish the game at home...but now it's midnight, and the guilt is overwhelming.
"Woe to those who rise up early in the morning to run after their drinks
who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine." Is.5:11 (NIV)
"Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is
not wise." Prov. 20:1 (NIV)
Some of you reading this may not be the one I'm talking about, but you are living with a spouse or family member who is. They need help in the worst way. You need help in the worst way. There is help. I didn't really want the help until the misery was unbearable. Then sports events, holidays, or any event mattered. All that mattered was being sober. I asked God to help me with all sincerity, and He did. I didn't care if I was laughed at for going to AA, or for saying God helped me get sober, nothing mattered but not drinking. I wanted to wake up in the morning, knowing what I did the night before. I wanted to have my children's respect and their love. I wanted everyone I had hurt to know how sorry I was for how I treated them. Chances are good that your drunken loved one is having the same feelings too. If you're the one I'm addressing, you know what I'm saying.
So another weekend has come and gone. It's Monday, a new work week. Don't let another weekend come and go in a stupor from drug use or drinking. Ask God to help you right now, get busy finding meetings to attend. There are people there waiting on you, waiting to love you until you can love yourself again, waiting to show you the way out of this messy way of living. Become a weekend winner! Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.