It has been 30 years since Jesus rescued me from the depths of alcohol abuse. I’ve known lots of folks over these years that have dealt with substance abuse, either personally or close family members. Some have passed away because of it, some may still, because they cannot shake the addiction that satan has saddled them with. There are a couple folks connected with our Church that could very well die from their continuing ‘falling off of the wagon’ binges….It hurts my heart tremendously to see folks fall victim to this ‘harmless little habit’, as some refer to substance abuse. I’m all too familiar with what it can do if not addressed: Every last one of my ‘drinking buddies’ have passed on, due to issues related to long term alcohol abuse.They chose to ‘keep on keepin’ on’ when I chose to stop abusing alcohol in the early 90’s. They would get drunk and ‘make fun of old Steve’ for quitting, according to what some other non alcohol abusing acquaintences of ours recently told me.- but, I already new they were ‘making fun of me’, but I was determined to prevail..I myself, am dealing with type 2 diabetes. According to my Dr., my past drinking issues are what caused it. I got a second chance to warn everyone to NOT START ABUSING ANY OF IT. JUST BECAUSE SOCIETY MAKES IT EASY TO GET, DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT……….
FINALLY, NEVER, EVER ‘write off’ another struggling with substance abuse. To this day, I myself have been ‘tempted’ to ‘get stinkin’ drunk’- as recently as 2 months ago, when my loving sister died(she’s the one that taught me to play the guitar almost 60 years ago) , and recieving word two days after that, that my adopted son had been murdered, but I overcame the temptation with LOTS OF PRAYERS SAID IN MY BEHALF. Those experiencing addiction issues are more aware of their plight than anyone else realizes. Love them and pray for them, NEVER, EVER BELITTLE OR JUDGE OR REJECT THEM. AMEN.