September 19, 2013

Happier Without It?

Ephesians 5:15-20

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
—Ephesians 5:18


The Bible often speaks of people drinking alcoholic beverages. And, as many people point out, Jesus himself turned water into wine. Jesus himself drank wine. In very limited conditions, I also drink something with alcohol in it.

But mostly I wish alcohol would be gone from our world. The misery poured out from the necks of all those bottles and cans is just too much: the fatal car accidents, the ruined marriages, the fights, the abuse, the degrading things people do and say under the influence of alcohol.

The alcohol industry advertises that you will be sexy, popular, funny, and cool—in short, happy—if you use their beverages. But I have too often seen the opposite. In excess, alcohol wastes your mind, your time, your money, and your soul.

The same must be said for other addicting behaviors, from drugs, to gambling, to food. So I lovingly implore you: Please prayerfully decide not to give your life over to this waste, this toxin. Get strong with God!

If you or someone you love is lost in addiction, please find an AA group. They understand, and they know how to help you get your life back. With God, it really is possible.

If you can do that, you will most certainly be happier.

O God, guard us from becoming wasted and spent. Ruin and misery are piled up around us, and it is impossible to see a way through. Love us still, and restore us to yourself. Show the way, and bring healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Keith Mannes

Keith Mannes serves as pastor at Highland Christian Reformed Church in McBain, Michigan. Keith and his wife, Alicia, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary,
and they are thankful for their three children—Eben, Charis, and Breanna.

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