Hi, I'm Cherie, and I'm an alcoholic.
This could have been my future. Thankfully, by God's grace, it did not come to fruition.
I've shared with you the story of my first marriage ending in divorce. One of our favorite pastimes was drinking. That was our entertainment.
I could tell you countless stories of the way God protected me and my family from certain tragedy as a result of drinking, but I won't, because my Mom reads my blog and she worries enough!
When my daughter and I moved to this town in 1995 during my divorce, my drinking finally started to slow down. I no longer found it appealing or entertaining. I was battling depression, and drinking certainly doesn't help that illness.
As I began to heal and start my life over I realized that I no longer needed it in my life. I had met many new friends at the church I was attending, and they had tons of fun while being 100% sober! I couldn't believe that so much laughter and community could happen without alcohol. I began to evaluate all that had happened during my partying days, and not much of it was good. We had spent literally thousands of dollars on this kind of entertainment, at bars and at home. I had spent hours of my life belly up to a bar, and even more hours heaving into a toilet all that I had just purchased with my hard earned money. I began to see just how senseless this entire activity had become.
I am proud to say that I haven't had any kind of alcoholic drink in over fourteen years. Not because I have any religious conviction, but because I have chosen to not take part in an activity that really has no good side. Yes, I could stand on religious conviction, as this is what almost everyone thinks when they see me drink pop instead of alcohol in social situations, but to me it isn't necessary.
In complete honesty, I have a hard time with Christians who drink. Yes, I know the bible says that Jesus drank wine, and that it is OK as long as you don't get drunk. But why? Why take part in an activity that has such a narrow line of tolerable and intolerable? Why give your children this example? What happens when they partake in consuming alcohol and accidentally drink too much, all the while thinking they were still under the legal limit and they are involved in an accident?
I was once out to eat with the women of my small group. (This subject has divided our group for a long time, as we all have our own views of acceptability.) There were seven of us sitting around a table at a restaurant. Many had ordered drinks before dinner and were having their seconds during dinner. The waitress wasn't the quickest at picking up the empties, so bottles and glasses littered the table. I was not comfortable. I live in a town that is large, but is very much about community, so I see people I know quite often when out. I would have been horrified if someone I had been witnessing to had walked past my table and saw all the bottles and glasses of drinks. In II Corinthians 6:3, the Bible says, "We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited."
I do not want my ministry to be discredited. I want my life to be a living example of the glorious riches I have in Christ Jesus. In my life, alcohol has no place.
Be sure to check out my other blog, Capturing Beautiful, to see my photo entry in Word Filled Wednesday!