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Getting Drunk Isn't Normal

Getting Drunk Isn't Normal

I used to get drunk...

...kind of a lot in college.

The sad part, is that I was/am just one of many.

And the thing is, that doesn't sound so bad to many of you.

Getting drunk is normal...

but I promise you, it isn't.

Why do we get drunk?

So why do we do it?  Why is it so common to go out and have a crazy night on Friday and Saturday?

For me, I got drunk because I wanted to and because other people wanted me too. Everyone seemed to have so much fun when they were drunk. They had great stories and made tons of friends.  And I decided I was going to do the same.

The crazy thing is, is that when you tell most people that you got drunk in college, they generally say something like, "Oh, that's okay...most college kids do..."

And the truth is, most college kids do...

But just because most people do, doesn't make most people right.

Just because it's popular, doesn't mean you should participate.

And just because it is common, doesn't make it normal.

"And when you tell most people that you got drunk in college, they generally say something like, 'Oh, that's okay...most college kids do...' "

Common vs Normal

Most people define normal as: what is common.

But I think normal should be defined for us as Christians as: how God intended.

Dale Partridge wrote in a Facebook post, "Divorce is common. Men with wandering eyes is common. Married couples with separate bank accounts is common. Disrespectful wives are common. Disobedient children are common. Loveless marriages are common. But they are NOT normal," and I couldn't agree more.

"But I think normal should be defined for us as Christians as: how God intended."

We weren't created to go out and get drunk in order to have a good time, to have a fulfilling life, or to cope with our broken hearts.

That is a lie that culture has taught us.

Culture says that if you are in your 20s and 30s and not out and about on the weekends taking shots and hitting the clubs, then you aren't really living life!

I can tell you from experience though, that lifestyle leaves you with a short-lived good time, and a whole lot of pain - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

While I may have some "funny" memories from those times, they're not memories I would be proud to tell my children. And they're not memories I would ever want my kids to relive.

They were merely moments of temporary, selfish, and dangerous pleasure.

When we try and pursue pleasure and fulfillment in somewhere other than Jesus, we end up feeling even less fulfilled - we become tired and frustrated.

We continue to repeat the pattern hoping to feel different the next time. To not have the hangover. To not do something we regret.

Maybe we hope to meet that one guy in the bar who is looking for a wife and not a one-night stand.  Or we think that if we drink enough tonight we will be over that guy who broke our hearts, tomorrow.

But it is all a lie.

Getting drunk isn't normal.  Getting drunk leaves you empty, thirsting for more.

Jesus is better

Generally, we get drunk for a temporary pleasure, a good time, a fix, or to medicate.

But Jesus wants to give us an eternal joy, a proven solution, and an ultimate healing.

Even from a medical and healthy lifestyle standpoint, getting drunk hurts our bodies.  It trains our brain to crave a substance that in excessive and/or habitual amounts will kill us.

Jesus wants better for us.

You should want better for you.

This may seem like an odd time to write on this subject given everything else going on in our world today, but it is part of my testimony.

And I hope maybe someone who reads this needed to hear it tonight.

And I hope you don't read this and feel shamed.  I hope you read this and turn to Jesus.

I used to go out and get drunk to have fun and fit in.  Now I know that the only place where true belonging, true joy, and true security is found, is in Jesus.

He loves me so much that even while I was wasting my life, He died for me (Romans 5:8).  So that I could spend eternity with Him.

And He died for you too.

This life isn't about how many temporary highs we can have in our short 80-90 years (if we're lucky) of life.

This life is about a God winning over His children with His love, by dying on a cross, so that we could spend eternity in heaven with our creator.

This life is about a God winning over His children with His love, by dying on a cross, so that we could spend eternity in heaven with our creator.

How are we doing y'all?  How are we loving people to show them that Jesus wants better for them?

Let's stop living in a way that is common to man, and start living in a way that gives life in a way that only Jesus can. 

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