In the prison last night as I sat and awaited my students to come, I grabbed a book off the shelf sitting next to me and read. The book? It was entitled, "Alcoholics Anonymous."
I flipped to a page somewhere randomly in the middle and read a sentence that said, "I fell in love that night - with a beverage."
WOE!!!!... at the audacity!!!! And.... at the unplanned suddenness in it!
It was a man telling his story. Talking about the first night that he drank. He was fifteen years old and simply did it because he could. And upon his first drink he loved it. He was hooked. His love-affair with alcohol had begun. It was all he could think of. All that he lived for. He couldn't stop. He couldn't get enough.
Wow.... how everything starts with a first. And no one knows that that particular "first" just might be the death of you. Or at most, a noose around your neck that makes you wish it were! A "love affair" that has total intentions of robbing you, of taking everything you have... your money, your time, your attention, your focus, your job, your family, your home, your life if it can.... It hopes you'll move in with it.... and it hopes to hurt those that love you the most. It hopes to rob them too.
Oh, at the things that we "fall in love" with! Oh, what is our problem? How do we fall so quickly? Why do we fall in such anguishing love??? Why can't we see its deception past the package it's wrapped in? Oh, at the traps set inside!!! And oh, at how one day we'll begin to hate what first started out as so-called "love"!
"People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord." ~ Prov 19:3.
"but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." ~ James 1:14-15.
I HATE the things that we so easily "fall" for that entices and drags us away with the enemy's full purpose of hurting us. Oh, Lord, please open our eyes to seeeee the deceit that we're at first too blind to see!