New Year…Fresh Start – Quit Drinking

If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve (James 5:13-16, Common English Bible).

As I begin to write this post, I admit to you, I don’t have strong feelings about this post. This is not a subject I have any strong feelings about. I am only writing this particular post because it is on just about every list of popular New Year’s Resolutions I saw during my research.

I also admit, I drink. I don’t do so often. I don’t drink much when I do drink. And, I NEVER drive after drinking anything, no matter how small the amount. That last part, I do have pretty strong feelings about.

I truly do not believe there is anything wrong with drinking, for most of us. There are some people, however, who do need to stop drinking. People who are recovering alcoholics  need to stay far away from alcohol.

I used to drink quite a bit more than I do now. In my younger days, I drank just about every night, at least a little bit. Sometimes it was a whole lot. I sinned because I didn’t drink in moderation, I was often drunk. Drunkenness is a sin. I committed that sin many times.

When I entered the ministry I realized I needed to change. I stopped drinking completely for a while. After some time, I did begin to drink again, but it is rare. It is probably about 3-5 drinks a year. And as I said above, I never drink and drive regardless of the amount I drink. I refuse to risk hurting someone else because I had something to drink. In my opinion, the mere act of getting behind the wheel of a car after having consumed alcohol is a sin because it places other people, innocent people, at risk. I will not take the chance.

Because I don’t have strong feelings about this particular resolution, I don’t have a lot of answers about how to proceed, but I have a few suggestions.

  1. Tell someone you want to quit to help hold you accountable.
  2. Pray. The first place we should go with any problem is to God in prayer.
  3. Stay away from people and places that might tempt you to drink again.
  4. Find a way to get some help. I typed “Quit Drinking” into Google and found over 11 million websites to help.
  5. If you need more help, look into programs like Alcoholic’s Anonymous.

Quitting any habit isn’t easy. In fact, it is one of the hardest things you will ever do. But, if you need to quit drinking, take it to God, tell a friend, avoid tempting people and places and get the help you need. I believe we can overcome this just like any other problem. With God on our side, we cannot fail.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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