Marijuana Is Not Safe!
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Marijuana seemed exciting and fun at first, but once I got into it more heavily, it did a great deal of damage in my life. Cannabis is a gateway drug to harder drugs without a doubt. ~ Bill Greguska
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Marijuana and beer (drugs and drinking problem) at first was exciting and totally captured my attention, but after a short while, I could see that I was not only doing something I knew was wrong, but I had to start lying to others like my parents, to cover my tracks and the integrity that I did had begun to leave me. The devil was getting the better of me, and things seemed to snowball overtime for the worst!
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
Is the cost of being considered one of the guys worth it? I partied like I played basketball—with all my heart. I tried to outdo others. Seeking recognition and attention are unyielding motivators in my life.
With the natural personality that I had and when I added drinking and drugs to it, I was creating a monster that was getting more and more out of control. There were many times that I would drink as much as I could to be one of the guys and belong (belong to what, and for what reason, I do not know?).
Sin Is Pleasurable But Only For A Very Short Season
We all need to be wise about what we allow our eyes to watch and what our ears should hear. Since sin is pleasurable, Satan tempts us with things that our flesh is weak to. That can be in the form of music, movies, alcohol, food, or whatever is your weakness. Yes, I do distinctly remember the euphoric feelings I experienced with marijuana, yet I also distinctly remember all the damage it did in my life as well as hundreds of thousands of others who got hooked on pot.
Proverbs 21:17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
Why do people make extreme choices about their life, looks, and other personal options? My first hospital for treatment was when I was 16 years old. The stay was nine months in length with little positive results because I was determined to hold on to that my lifestyle of partying, and I was getting bolder and bolder with my behaviors.
After I got my arms and parts of my body tattooed and shaved my head into a Mohawk hairstyle, which I dyed red, and shaved my eyebrows off for an extra effect, I was losing track of reality, and the so-called safe drug of marijuana created a monster out of control.
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Smoking Pot / Pierced Ear
I pierced my left earlobe to make the statement that I was a pot-smoking, hippie freak—and proud of it. I used to wear worn blue jeans and T-shirts, always trying to seek negative attention because negative attention was better than no attention at all.
There was no fear of the Lord in me during this era of my life. My drinking problem has blown up to a full-fledged life problem, which started with small wrong choices that lead to more significant issues and almost an early death.
People that make radical choices in their life are not necessarily “bad” people. Instead, they most likely if they are anything like me, they are people with low self-esteem or have a strong desire for attention, or possibly do not care what others think and love to be different.
My basketball testimony went from one extreme to another, but thankfully the Lord kept me near to him, and in time, my life was redeemed from the locusts that eat it away. I praise God for his love and faithfulness in my life!
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
What is the result when a person’s ego and pride get the best of them? I used to take my boom box and put it on full blast while walking to McCarthy Park. As I walked closer to “Freak Hill” and “Hippy Mountain,” everyone knew I was coming by the sound of the wild, hypnotic music that was blaring out loud and clear.
Old Party Friends
My party friends used to smoke pot with me many times for free much of the time, but other times we pitched in and bought a dime bags or ounce worth of marijuana, that would last a little while.
We managed to stay high almost all the time, somehow or another. We regularly used to buy beer and wine. I was over 6′ tall and looked old enough to purchase alcohol. I drank to get drunk, and I smoked to get stoned.
What I thought was so cool, and I was proud of my lifestyle. As my ego soared, I became more and more the center of my world, only later on to discover I was on a dead-end trail leading me only to trouble. I learned the hard way that marijuana is not safe!
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Drinking To Get Drunk, And I Had A Drinking Problem!
I never drank for the taste or refreshment of the alcohol: I drank to get drunk. I had a drinking problem, and I recall on my 16th birthday my dad driving us to an Aerosmith rock concert downtown with three of my friends, Kevin, Ron, Patrick. Since we were underage but all at least 6’ tall and wearing suit coats. We got served, and we got more than enough to drink. By the time we got to the concert to hear Aerosmith, we were not too sure what was going on.
Getting drunk was not the first time, but it was my birthday. I looked forward to hearing Aerosmith for a couple of months. We finally got to the concert. After the pre-band was finished, I thought Aerosmith was done performing. We all got up and left, never hearing them play. Times like this were not a regular habit. It was just a warm-up for some terrible times that were to come in the future.
I look back now and can see how much I lost out of because of my drinking problem! I might have had some so-called fun, but looking back, it was not worth it to me at all to get involved with drugs and alcohol like I did. Kids nowadays cannot see past the present to understand what they are potentially heading into when they choose to become one of the guys.
Proverbs 23:31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red when it sparkles in the cup when it goes down smoothly. In the end, it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper!
How important is it to guard our eyes to what we watch and our ears to what we hear? I liked the taste and feeling I used to get from marijuana, I could smoke it all day if I had the chance, and many days I did just that.
My Future Started To Look Very Grim
I thought I would be smoking marijuana and drinking beer and wine until the day I died, and I wanted to look the part of a party animal that I was trying to play out in my life. For some unknown reason, I thought that it was so-called cool to be stoned and drunk, looking back now, I know it was a lie from the pit of hell.
It is foolishness to me when I hear people say that marijuana is safe, I learned on my own that pot is not safe not only for me but many others who I used with who either wrecked their lives or died because of marijuana usage which became a gateway drug to harder drugs.
Music And Marijuana!
I loved to listen to all kinds of music, including Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Supertramp, Frank Zappa, and Jethro Tull. The feeling I got was excellent and helped me to escape from the reality of the world temporarily. I had the words to the music memorized and loved to listen to them over and over, the louder it was, the more I liked it.
Tattoos And Feeling Good?
I was into myself and trying to find ways to make myself feel good—I thought it would make me happy. So far that I even went to get a marijuana leaf tattoo (and twenty other tattoos) on my left arm to be radically different and gain attention. I was young and foolish, and I did not want to be told that I could not do what I wanted.
Thank God, my boss, when I worked at Faith Indeed, offered to have my tattoos removed for free. I priced them before that time, and I found out they cost $400 per operation, and it turned out that I had 13 surgeries. My boss Bill Barry was very good to me and very generous to me; it was a blessing from God!
I just wanted to fit in and be accepted, and marijuana and alcohol were the common denominators that were my so-called “ticket in.” Looking back at the foolishness I put myself and family through, sure was a waste of time and life.
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