Canvas 20 – Listening.
A week ago someone gave me a vision that included me ripping up a canvas and showing others how to create better in weird ways. and she also gave me proverbs 20:1-20. So i think i’ll think out loud about it. So here goes.
As a 19 year old i held up a flag of disgust at alcohol and the stupid stuff that happens around it. Originally it was because one of my best friends at the time had gone from being an amazing life filled individual, to being a party crazed, faker. And as i looked around all i saw in the faces of my peers was an inability to rip masks off their faces and be who they were. Confused, Unsure, Overwhelmed, and under-guided. Add in alcohol and it was amplified to supercharged, ridiculous levels. So i became a rather vocal anti-drinker. I wasn’t straight-edge, i had no clue what that was. I was just aggressively hateful of a substance that took peoples lives over.
We weren’t designed to need to be reliant on poison to get through the day.
Look at it from a different perspective. I have gone through seasons of really enjoying beer. Beers have been on the table during some of the greatest dinner parties i’ve been to. Beers have been on the table during some of the greatest friendship building events. Alcohol is not the problem. Christmas pudding is incredible, wine and laksa is the best combination (in my opinion) on the planet.
The problem lies, i believe, in who we listen to.
20:1 ¶ Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
If we listen to the call of booze – “Drink me and then you’ll feel better” “Drink me and then people will like you” “Drink me and all your problems will go away” Then it mocks us. We begin fighting it, because deep down inside we crave life, we crave freedom, but the alcohol has us convinced that we need it before those things will happen. So we brawl with it, ourselves, our families, our institutions – when we simply need to stop LISTENING to the wrong things.
Listen to Christ. He’s the freedom we need.