I remember....Elan's, The Limelight, Disco Nights, dancing and thinking I was moving like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. I was moving, grooving, twirling whoever dared dance with the self proclaimed king of disco. I also remember that most of it was a fantasy.
Most of it was an alcohol or drug induced high followed by a next morning of pain, nausea, and frequent trips to find a place to throw up. Then there were the memories of what happened the night before if I could even remember. Sure we romance the stoned days, but we remember the pain we inflicted to ourselves and others in that delusional process. It was Disco Insanity!
Get down boogie oogie oogie was replaced by I'm broke, I'm sick and I'm a mess. It seemed so harmless too, but of course so does just a little bit of sin. We say in the 12 Step programs that just a little bit of something bad (another different drug) will lead you back to what takes you down, we can't romance it for too long or it comes back to bite you.
Thus the definition of insanity: repeating the same actions expecting different results. Wow, that must be why Jesus told this parable:
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Gal 5:7-9
Not going back to the Disco Insanity nor that addiction that cut in on my way to a better life. It's fun to listen to some of that old music and envision that I could dance at one time, but my dancing right now is limited to dancing for joy in the Lord (that I can do)!
As for the yeast, representing the evil that was present in my life that dominated my actions, well that was yeasterday and yesterday is gone!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.