TITLE: Against the Flow, 03/03/2020
By Donna Martelli
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The life of the party, that was me. Everyone loved being with me because I always had some entertaining thing to say or tell about. Indeed, my fame was attached to the image of a fun-loving party animal. A little alcohol (or a lot of alcohol) helped me be funny, or so I thought. Funnier and funnier, I did not know when to quit. Often, I lost time not remembering what I had said or done. No matter, I simply acted like I remembered it or made a joke about it. Although, Jesus was my Savior, I ignored the warnings in Scripture regarding alcohol.
Fast forward to the present day, I realized that perhaps alcohol was not a good idea because I had some health problems that alcohol could exacerbate. So, I quit.
Oh no! Family members that we had not seen for quite a while were coming to town and they wanted to spend an evening with us. These were people who did not yet know Jesus. I fretted about how I could maintain an evening with them without wine. I would lose my famous position as the life of the party that they expected of me. I decided to compromise. I would have some wine with them just that one time so that my abstinence would not make waves.
The surprising thing was that I was not the life of the party, even after the second glass of wine. Instead, I still felt very separate from them and I saw myself as no longer aligned with them regarding the “party.” The Lord showed me that my confidence had been in wine, not in Him. He changed my heart: I wanted them to know Jesus like I do and, clearly, joining with them was not the way to do this. I learned a valuable lesson that night. I relinquished my famous life of the party charade and instead decided that I would follow Jesus, no matter what. My new fame would be found in my love for Jesus and for them. I shouldn’t be afraid of making waves. Jesus wasn’t.
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