Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up, so I can look for another drink?”
Every evening after dinner my father would read a chapter out of the Bible. Normally I wouldn’t listen; instead I would be thinking about what I was going to do next. This was especially true during the summer months between my junior and senior years of high school. That was the summer when I started drinking.
One evening my father began reading the 23rd chapter of Proverbs. I spent the first part of the chapter formulating my plan for how I was going to get out of the house so that I could party with my friends. My thoughts were quickly interrupted when I heard him read verse 29! I remember thinking, “The Bible describes a drunk?!”
Until that evening’s reading, I didn’t realize that the Bible had something to say about any situation happening in my life. I didn’t stop drinking until later in life, but I will tell you that every time I got drunk those words from the Bible seemed to run through my mind. That’s how powerful God’s Word is.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.