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Anonymous Alcoholics 

Insidious kidnapper.  Personality destroyer.  Inhumane dehumanizer.  Charade creator.  Alcohol takes a unique and treasured individual and strips him or her of everything special.  It promises peace and delivers chaos.  When a drunken person wakes up from an alcohol-induced stupor, precious time has been stolen and opportunity for significance has been lost.  It waters down talent, blunts sharpness, blurs focus, fogs the brain and turns beauty into putridness.  

The word anonymous literally means without a name, lacking individuality, unique character or distinction.  The alcoholic unwittingly participates in the drowning out of his or her own personality.  If the condition persists long enough, the alcoholic actually comes to believe that the lack of personality is his or her real personality.  Whatever goodness, or interesting feature, or talent or ability that the person inherited from birth morphs into a blob of nothingness.  The god Alcohol says, “I have re-created you into a stupid, boorish klutz that has no value to yourself or anyone else.  All of life’s meaning is found in the bottle.  You are a lousy drunk and you’ll never be anything else!  Just be happy that I let you live long enough to have another drink!” 

Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 (NKJV) 

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?  Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.  Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;  At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?” Proverbs 23:29-35 (NKJV) 

Any person with an ounce of self-worth should run from the temptation of alcohol and never stop.  Even the smell of hard liquor should gag someone who truly understands the menacing effect that alcohol portends.  My words to you are, “You are too beautiful, too full of potential, too valuable to yourself, your family and your God to soil yourself with the pigswill named booze.  You are too smart to be fooled by the blue satin and diamond studded divas on the billboards who represent magnificent lies.  Every inebriated moment foregoes a chance to do something lasting and edifying to others in life.  Not one sip, not one swig, not one swallow of a cocktail is worth the subversion of your personality, your purpose, your role or your calling.  Just as a fine car is not built for a garage, or a powerful airplane is not meant for a hanger, neither were you created for a wasted existence.  You are far too elegant, too important and too valuable to be anything less than your full capability.  

Once you fully accept and embrace the fact that God loves you and created you for His glory, you will surrender yourself to His will, and separate yourself from the sinister alcohol. 

Yes, you are that important to your God. 

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