Wednesday, August 03, 2016
My "Thank You, Lord, I Don't Have to ..." List Begins with "Drink"
For years I have had a mental list of things I am grateful that I do not have to do. I always begin it with "Thank you, Lord, I don't have to own a boat" or "go skiing."
I do not think those things are bad. I just don't want to do them, and am grateful that I do not have to.
My wife and I just read J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, about escaping his Appalachian upbringing of drinking, yelling, fighting, and running away - even while he appreciated the virtues of the fierce family loyalties of Appalachian honor culture. I know many family trees with branches ruined by heavy drinking - my own included.
From my teen years I have been grateful for the freedom to not take part in drinking culture. Don't get me wrong, I am not against alcohol as such. Jesus made wine - it can't be all bad.
But I have realized that the invisible first item on my "Thank you, Lord, I don't have to ..." list has always been "drink or take drugs."
This is a great freedom of a free society.