Probably not the title you expected to see on my blog! Despite what you are thinking, this is not an anti- or pro- drinking post. I actually stay in the gray area on the issue. Getting drunk is definitely not okay but the Bible also does not say it is wrong to have some alcohol. Personally, I do not drink alcohol but many of my friends enjoy the occasional glass of wine. This is a personal choice that you should seek God’s guidance and what He is telling you specifically.
The other day I was with three of my closest friends at Applebee’s around midnight. We were celebrating one of my friends leaving to live with a host family in Russia for a couple of months. It was interesting because this verse came to mind.
“Do not be drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit..”
– Ephesians 5:18
All around people were drunk but we were the ones that people were looking at. All three of us were laughing at the most ridiculous things. The funny thing is none of us had any alcohol. It was actually a Wednesday night and we had come from church. Everywhere we go an adventure ensues. All four of us were homeschooled during our lives and I believe that has bonded us for life.
I personally believe that it has also led us to find joy in the simpler things in life. We can turn going to Culver’s for custard into a nighttime picnic sitting in the grass outside of the restaurant. A surprise birthday picnic in the cold became a walk by Lake Michigan with blankets wrapped around us. A night at Applebee’s turns into making up the most ridiculous stories about what could happen while one of us is in Russia.
I say all of this simply because I hope that people see the four of us together and think “Wow, those girls are so happy.” I hope they see that we are filled with the Spirit and that brings us joy. Our lives are definitely not always easy but we have the hope of Jesus. That gives us the opportunity to enjoy life together. My hope for everyone is they can have a group of girls like my friends. Ones they can visit with weekly and find joy in the simple things God has given. I hope you get “drunk in the Spirit” with your friends. I hope you have late night conversations with special people who pray with you and encourage you. If you do not have that group, search and try to find one at your local church or school.