And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
I admit to being intoxicated once in my life.
I was eighteen at the time and had a party of high school friends over. Two of us were old enough to purchase alcohol at the time, so we made a run.
Being in my own home, I drank more than was good for me.
It was the only time it ever happened because my friends said I did not act any different than I did when I was sober, except I was uncoordinated.
So I thought, “Why drink?”
I did not know this verse at the time but found it perhaps a year later.
I remember helping to roof a chicken house as the verse kept rolling over in my mind. I began humming and singing hymns on the job – making melody in my heart to the Lord.
Quite different from the night of drinking.
I also remember telling some of the others on the job about Jesus.
Also quite different from the night of drinking.
I must say, it’s better to be sober and sing of the Lord than to be drunk and act foolishly.