Did my title hook you? Good … read on.
I’m a drinker. I really am!
Every day before I begin anything else I need a drink. My whole day goes better if I indulge soon after I get out of bed in the morning. When I don’t take my morning drink everything gets off to a bad start and quickly goes downhill from there.
Frequently I grab little shots through the day as well. And in the evening before I fall asleep a nightcap is very good medicine. I drink when my life is rosy; I drink even more when life comes crashing in and things are falling apart.
When I’m not actually drinking I am often thinking of drinking. I like to drink. I’m not ashamed to admit it. My desire to drink is even increasing! I definitely drink more now than I did a couple years ago. I like to hang out and drink with my friends too. We encourage each other in our habit and enjoy great fellowship together. I also love to drink on my own.
Some would say that I have a real problem, an addiction, or that I am using a crutch to help me hobble through life. Many would ridicule, caution or advise moderation, even abstinence. But I know a good thing when I’ve found it!
So ya … I admit it. I’m a big time drinker.
In my case, it was my Mom who got me started down this road when I was very young. But I have been encouraged along the way by countless others over the years.
And what is my preferred drink? The answer to this is what really separates people.
I am a Christian so my drink of choice is served up by the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It can be mixed in various ways but the main ingredients are the Word of God, prayer, praise and worship, and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37) Also, “to him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” (Revelation 21:6)
I need to drink regularly and often. The result is life, freedom, joy, peace and security like the world cannot give.
I encourage you to take a drink today – maybe your first. If so it will be a life changing experience for you. If you have been only an occasional drinker until now I encourage you to step it up … drink more, drink often. Do it in private, but also ask others to join you. Talk about it, be honest, ask for help if you need it. Most of all don’t hide your habit. You may have an opportunity to influence someone else.
Do you get what I’m saying?
I urge you to try it. Drink from the goodness and faithfulness of the Father. Drink from the life-giving words of Jesus. Drink from the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit. You will never be the same, and you’ll find yourself desiring more.
Turn up the volume and have a listen to this oldie but goodie song, Take Another Drink (Vineyard and Scott Underwood) — I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from. And I’m really hoping that you’ll get hooked like I am! This serious drinker loves company!