The Drunk in Hospital – Testimony #23


SNEAK PEAK – As I delved deeper, he told me that he’d lost his wife to cancer and that his life had unraveled from there, plunging himself into alcohol. I sat there, and I have never felt so ashamed of myself for what I’d become. I’d judged this poor guy because he didn’t fit into my new comfort zone.

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The Drunk in Hospital

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Near the end of that first hospital stay, I’d really learned from God how easy it was to not ask for his help while trying to handle things alone. From then on, my hospital stay got better and better. One day though, they brought in a guy who was drunk, who was dehydrated and it was clear he was in a bad way. I remember looking at Sharon and saying to her, that I hoped they wouldn’t put him next to me because of the state he was in. And at that moment, I could see what I’d become. Over those previous few months, I’d become the career pentecostal Christian, looking at myself all of the time and looking to God for experience after experience.

I looked at myself and hated what I saw. This wasn’t me and it wasn’t the way I grew up. I’d been taught to love and accept people for who they were and I never had any issues talking to anyone. But there I was, a proud Christian looking down on the drunk. It was quite a moment. So, once he got settled, I headed over to see him. He was hooked up to some serious looking glucose mix and within a couple of hours, he was doing good. We had a chat and he was an amazing guy, telling me all about when he was in a whaling fleet and fished the north sea.

As I delved deeper, he told me that he’d lost his wife to cancer and that his life had unraveled from there, plunging himself into alcohol. I sat there, and I have never felt so ashamed of myself for what I’d become. I’d judged this poor guy because he didn’t fit into my new comfort zone. I felt ashamed even further the following day when I introduced him to my family and the respect he showed them, was amazing. This guy had ten times the character I had and I needed to change. This, however, was only one of many corrections God would carry out in my life over the next four years.

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About Steven Birnie

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.