I’m finally on my way home from Las Vegas after being here for 5 days. That is just way too long to be here. As excited as I was to go to CES 2011, I’m even more excited to be going home to Julianne and the kids. I miss my family, my bed and my friends and am looking forward to life resuming to normalcy when I land in Detroit.
But that’s not what I’m writing about as I wait for my plane. What I’m writing about is a decision that I made right after the new year. I decided to give up alcohol. Big deal, right? Well for me it was. I thought and prayed about it for a while and ultimately decided this was exactly what I wanted to do especially because I knew I was going to Las Vegas the following week.
You may ask, “Why?”. Well let me share those reasons with you. First, I began to not like how I felt the day after. To that you might say, “Well, don’t drink so much!” I actually don’t drink that much anymore. I just started noticing that even after 1 or 2 beers, I still felt miserable the following day. That started to get my attention and get the thought process rolling.
I think the most important reason was something that I’ve been processing for a while. As Christians, we are in a daily battle for our soul. I believe it’s spiritual in nature and attacks you when and where you are weakest. If you’re not careful or not paying attention, the things we struggle with can rise up and and take over. I recently read the following verse from 1 Peter 5:8:
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
This idea of “lion looking for someone to devour” was so true especially here in Las Vegas. We all know the saying, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Well, I didn’t want to have any regrets after my time here and in order for me to be able to do that, I needed to be “of sober mind.” Mission accomplished and honestly, it wasn’t that difficult to do. I was still able to have fun without the influence of alcohol. I was able to get up early and work out in the morning, which I needed to do especially with all the GREAT food I ate this week.
I was overwhelmed at the support I received from my friends and family when I told them what I decided. Many asked why I decided to do this and that was actually difficult to answer in a short conversation so that drove the inspiration for this post. Hopefully I answered the question for you. If not, let me know in the comments below and I can try and dive deeper.
By the way, please send encouragement to my friend Dave Murray who has made a similar decision! Good luck, Dave! You know you have my support!