Weekends are Made for … ~ blog
It is Friday morning and many of us are looking forward to the weekend. In 1977 a very successful commercial for Michelob beer was aired. The famous tagline you all probably know was …
“Weekends Were Made for Michelob”
It was Anheuser Busch’s attempt to capture some of the crowd that was leaving Busch beer behind and trying the trendier European beers. Some of the ads showed people having fun, presumably on the weekend with the scene actually printed on the label of a bottle. The first showed a couple having a lobster dinner laughing as they sat there enjoying their Michelob beer.
I remember some of my weekends in the early ’70s when I was a freshman at Villanova and was working on my increasing my ability to handle my alcohol consumption. The image on that bottle would be more like me kneeling before the porcelain throne puking my guts out from too many beers and my preferred brand was Schlitz beer.
To really sell more beer to college kids the tag line might have been …
“It Doesn’t Taste as Bad When coming back Up”
Anyway, I am thankful those days are long in the past and my alcohol consumption is only on very rare occasions with a strict limit of no more than 2. My father was a recovering alcoholic as was his father. My brother, after a career in the Navy and a successful practice as a dentist in Annapolis Maryland, but having severe back pain forced him to retire and I believe he drank himself to death.
One of the most important things we all need to do to be able to continue to have longer periods of sobriety from sexual sin is to deal with the temptations of the weekend. For the many who work Monday – Friday these two days off are times to get things done around the house, go to our kid’s activities and church, and perhaps doing something exciting or special from the normal weekday work schedule.
Our commercialized minds are preprogrammed to think that time off means we must do something different or special and that often includes alcohol and in some state’s marijuana. The idea behind all of this is that weekends are a time to cut loose from the schedule that binds your time with 40+ hours of work and find some way to alter your stress-filled life with some pleasure. However, the pleasure we seek is often causing more pain. This is why I believe Paul’s message to us in Ephesians 5:18 is so important and very applicable for today …
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The issue is one of control. When we use alcohol, drugs, or porn to alter how we feel because we are feeling down, stressed out, lonely, and bored we are allowing the drugs these activities release in our brains, to medicate us and numb the way we truly are feeling. However, the escape ends after a time and we are left feeling worse than before so we start Saturday with a Bloody Mary and go for round two.
God has a plan that is so much superior to what the world offers us that it is amazing to me how few pursue it. His plan is to have the Holy Spirit who dwells within you to be filling you and influencing how you are feeling and what you are doing.
How about having a weekend where you are not under the influence of alcohol or other addictive means of escape and start living under the influence of the Spirit? What if instead of being controlled by your flesh and sinful desires, which you know are only going to lead to more pain, you begin your weekend being filled with and walking in the Spirit? And instead of meeting your buddies at the local pub to begin drinking to forget your pain you spend some time on your knees surrendering yourself to the Spirit so that He might be in control?
Listen, I know how tempting the weekends can be. This pattern of behavior starts early in life and is a very difficult one to break. Which is one reason we need to plan our weekends. We need to think through how to eliminate those things that are harming our mind, soul, and spirit and plan things that are making us stronger and more godly men.
I can tell you that the Monday blues of returning back to work may be being generated by hangovers and guilt. However, if we begin to plan how to use our weekends to do things that are positive for us and our loved ones then going back to work may feel a whole lot better.
What could you do to make your weekend a time which builds you up instead of tears you down?
Use the time to help deepen your relationship with the Lord and all of your family members and friends. The feeling of doing good in the power of the Spirit is so much better than the regrets of making bad choices.