I’m choosing to be sober. Merriam-Webster’s definition of sober:
1 a: sparing in the use of food and drink
b: not addicted to intoxicating drink
c: not drunk
2: earnestly thoughtful character or demeanor
3: unhurried, calm
4: marked by temperance and moderation
When I think of carrying the title of being sober, I immediately relate it to alcohol. Someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, may proudly say, “I’ve been sober for 195 days.” Everyone claps. But today I had a huge realization.
As I read 1 Peter 1 this morning, verses 13-16 struck me. I love when that happens. When I stop, re-read it, and re-read it again. Wow, Lord, that’s profound. Life changing!
Be sober, Traci.
But Lord, I don’t even drink alcohol?
What other practices are you indulgent in?
Well, I have been known to indulge in food and drink (caffeine). I also can fall prey to filling my mind with unholy thoughts and negativity. I can be so hurried. . . and not portray a calm and balanced demeanor.
Now, I don’t think that choosing to be sober means walking around with a solemn, glum look on my face. I see it as living a life of joy and purpose. Choosing to walk in holiness, and the freedom it brings.
C.S Lewis said, “When we are wholly His, we will be more ourselves than ever.”
Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
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