The Stag Night 2002
Six months into our new Christian lives, Sharon and I finally got married. But, we’d come from a background of drink, drugs and partying and my mates wanted a stag party. At that point, Sharon and I were only having a couple of beers and we were gradually coming away from that life, but I knew the stag party would be a heavy night. I simply didn’t have the courage at that stage to say I didn’t want to drink. So I looked to the Lord, asking him not a way out, but a way through. The drink started flowing and the karaoke got underway and before I knew it, I’d been bought several drinks. In fact, that night, I had about eight beers and about eight drams of whiskey, which was my former favorite drink.
I had a brilliant night with my mates, however, instead of my friends carrying me home, I carried one of them home, as sober as judge. As I walked home, I couldn’t believe it and the next morning, no hang-over, not even a little bit. I hadn’t drunk that much in months, I should have been completely out of the game. But God proved to me, that even in my lack of courage, he fully understood, that some areas of my old life were going to take time to wean away from. In this one-off situation, he proved to me too, that nothing was impossible for him.
If you’re in your early months as a Christian, don’t be afraid to be fully honest with God and ask him for help, he will answer. Also, give yourself a break when you lack the courage or get things wrong, it’s all part of the process. But know this, whatever God is removing, he will replace with the joy and peace of him, of that you can be completely assured. God bless you.
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