The True Cure for Addiction
Russell Brand summed it up well in his eulogy for Amy:
Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticised, at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman ...Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amy Winehouse's friends and family, and even more importantly, her death should serve as an unmistakable reminder that we are all addicts...and we all need help.
Your addiction might not come in a liquid or powder form, but you use and abuse something in a vain attempt to quench a spiritual thirst.
When you think about it, every human being has an "addictive" personality. Our very nature is hard wired with habits, compulsions, and dependencies that serve as misguided attempts to experience a "happy" existence in the perplexity of this fallen world.
There is a woman who lived 2000 years ago who reminds me of Amy Winehouse. She wasn't a soul singer, but the thirst of her soul caused Jesus Christ to walk 50 miles in the hot sun into forbidden territory so He could cure her addiction permanently. Here's how this amazing encounter transpired:
He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob's well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.
A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, "Would you give me a drink of water?" (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)
The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, "How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" (Jews in those days wouldn't be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
Jesus answered, "If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water" (John 4:5-10).
This apparently coincidental meeting was not a coincidence. Jesus knew that in this village was a woman who was at the lowest point in her life on earth. Her addiction was a string of failed relationships with men that earned her the title of social outcast, but Jesus sees people with a very different set of eyes. While all others viewed this woman as a disgraced outcast, our Savior sensed her willingness to finally be free of her crippling efforts to satiate her spiritual dehydration.
And not surprisingly, the cure for her (and us) is not found in a phone call, but in a step of faith and acceptance of the "living water" that Jesus freely offers from a limitless supply.
Of course people who are drug and alcohol addicts should seek professional help, but that is only half the solution. Breaking our addictions to temporary fixes meant to quench the thirst of our souls still leaves us with our helpless condition and our need for "living water"!
Read more at Christian Post.