Addictions are Filthy Habits

     This afternoon I saw a woman behind the steering wheel of the car in front of me hanging her cigarette out the window while we were waiting for the light to change.  Just before the light changed, she accidentally dropped her cigarette and I watched as it rolled under her car.  What happened next simply amazed me.  The light had just changed when she proceeded to put her car in Park and open the car door and reach under her car to get her cigarette and then proceeded to smoke it once again after it had rolled around in the road filth.  She apparently is so addicted to her filthy habit that she wasn’t about to lose even one cigarette, even if she had to stop traffic to get that filthy thing and get a few more drags from it.
     After I became very critical in spirit, I had to stop and remember what a fool I had once been in my teenage years.  I succumbed to the temptation of smoking as a teen.  My dad would even buy my cigarettes for the first year until he decided he could no longer afford to support my habit besides his own.  When I ran out of "dad’s" cigarettes, I became so desperate for a cigarette that I began walking through the neighborhood looking on the ground for a partially smoked cigarette that I could light up and give myself a nicotine fix.  I eventually found a half smoked cigarette and was enthralled by the opportunity to finally appease my addiction.  But just as I was about to put it to my mouth and light it up, in just the nick of time I must say, I came to my senses and realized what a disgusting thing I was about to do.  It was then that I realized how weak I had become and that I , me, of all people, was terribly and disgustingly addicted to something.  I then decided to quit, right there on the spot, cold turkey, never to return to smoke a cigarette ever since. 
     Cigarettes are the most addicting thing I’ve ever encountered and I continued to have cravings for nearly twenty years.  My cravings for cigarettes only stopped in the last 12 years, which is probably attributed to finally not having jobs that required working alongside smokers.  What filthy habit do you have?  What will it take for you to come to your senses and admit your addiction?  See your habits for what they are:  disgusting and filthy addictions.  If you’ve been bound by your addictions for too long to overcome them on your own, admit that as well and get help.  Don’t let your pride take away your potential freedom and victory over addictions.  We all have weaknesses and we all need help from time to time.
     Lastly, and most importantly, if you have not yet received the gift of eternal life from the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then take this opportunity to be welcomed into the family of God.  He desires to make you his son or daughter and to set you free.  Jesus is quoted in the Holy Scriptures as saying, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." – John 8:34-36
God Bless You On Your Journey!
In Christ,
  1. #1 by Lynne on February 4, 2010 - 12:36 am

    Thank you for sharing your story uncle Jim. It makes you stop and think of what your addictions are small or big. God is surely doing wonderful things in my life and I can\’t wait to see how much more he can use me. In my troubling times I always remember that God loves me just the way I am, but He loves me too much to keep me this way. So I keep myself open to be used by Him in the way He chooses and thanks to your message will not forget we all have addictions and filthy habits we can overcome.

  2. #2 by Jim on February 5, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Lynne,I\’m glad you\’re encouraged by God\’s Word and the thoughts He has given me. God does love you and cares for you a lot. I hope our families can get together some day. I\’d like to meet your husband and see you and those precious kids of yours again. Keep the Faith!

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