Monday, February 23, 2009

"Sipping on Gin & Juice"

My name is Keisha and I was a teenage alcoholic. As a teenager my friends and I would walk the streets sipping on some of the same stuff the local “wino” had hidden inside his brown paper bag. Some of my high school classmates would nod their heads in agreement if I told you that I used to drink with my peers in the back of the class during 1st or 2nd period. There were plenty of days that I stumbled into my daddy’s house and quickly went to the bathroom to brush away the aroma of liquor. Of course, when I went off to college, I packed that habit up with me.

When I was in college there was this popular saying that many of my friends and I would exclaim after purchasing a gallon of Gin. In our foolishness, we would lift that gallon up in the air or take a shot of that Gin and say “Gin makes you sin!” I call us foolish because we actually had hopes of getting drunk and then getting into some sinful acts later that evening. I have literally had my share of shots, sinful acts, and hangovers. In fact, I’ve had enough to last a lifetime. I thank God that I don’t carry that habit with me in a brown paper bag like I used to back in the day.

Well this weekend, I decided to play the grown folk game and have me some wine and Margaritas with a few ladies as we celebrated my friend’s birthday. Since it’s easy to fall back into your old ways if you slip, I had one too many drinks. While the glass was in my hand, I quickly forgot that my body cannot hold as much liquor as it did years ago. Let me just pause and say, “I praise God that I can’t hold liquor like I used to.” The next morning I woke up feeling like I had jumped into a time machine and was that young lady laying in my dorm room crying out “I ain’t never drinking again!” The only difference is I am not that same fool I used to be, so what was I thinking while I was drinking? More importantly, why go back to an old habit that’s been broken?

I enjoyed being in the company of those wonderful ladies, but sipping with them was not worth the compromise or the consequence. I was sick for over 24 hours after that. However, while I was on my back in bed aching from head to toe, I had plenty of time to remember how far the Lord has brought me. Furthermore, I was able to recognize that I don’t want to go back down that memory lane again! Family, I have experienced being “drunk in the spirit” and no alcoholic beverage compares to that feeling. Therefore, I’m drinking the living waters at the next party and if you see me with anything other than that, please tell me “do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).


Mista Jaycee said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I too have heard the bottle calling me.
Mista Jaycee

Anonymous said...

I know thats right gurlllllll...hey did you have to make the drink look so delicious....hahaha

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

have a great weekend

Dione said...

Great testimony. We ALL have been brought a mighty long way. I got dead sick drunk once in college and I've NEVER looked down that road again. I gladly gave up my "KickBooty" card! (Ummm... KickBooty was the name of our college alcohol store :-)
Be blessed!

Urban Thought said...

I'm glad you got that out. I mean, I've witnessed such actions and I've always wondered how that is. I'm glad you've come to the point where you are to know what your limits are.

Opinionated Diva said...

Wow...hope you didn't beat yourself up to much over slipping with the girls. The beauty of it all is've matured and outgrown that foolishness.

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