What’s in a Title?


ahh, the boys are back to school and work, the animals are sleeping, workout and chores  and errands are done. The sweet, sweet life of a home engineer.

I wasn’t always a home engineer, which brings me to my next musing:

If one was an alcoholic in the past or (drug addict, crackhead, porn addict, food addict, put whatever sin/vice/habit one would have) but now is not, by way of being ‘saved’

what would that one be called or titled? If the conversation came up, mind you.

We’ll use alcoholic….

Reformed alcoholic?

Former alcoholic?


Saved alcoholic?

Sinner saved by Jesus’ blood?

Retired alcoholic?

Redeemed alcoholic?


Can’t drinker?


Not often do I share the fact I was an alcoholic and now am a __________. I should share more, but when circumstance permits and someone (I think) will benefit from it, I do share, and I don’t hold much back. It’s ugly to have an addiction. Of any kind.

I am also quick to tell in the conversation how I ‘overcame’ the addiction. We’ll get to that overcome thing later.

But I do tell them the only thing that saved me from my self is faith in God, given by God, the belief that He sent His Son to earth, to live and die for my sins, all of them, no matter how many or how horrible. I tell them where I was when I finally gave up myself to Him to have a better life. a life period. God is the only One who could be praised for this life changed.

Now, back to the overcoming part.

I so envy people who say things like ”When I took Jesus into my heart, my desires/cravings/longings for alcohol/drugs/porn, food etc. were totally and instantly gone!”

Oh,  how I wish i could say that.

There is never a day that goes by that I don’t crave a drink. There I said it, for all to hear or read as the case may be.

I need to say it again, there is never a day that goes by that I don’t want to get a drink of alcohol. Some days, many times I think about it. Sometimes its food, but most of the time it’s drink.

Ok, that musing is done.

About Kristina

54 year old Christian lady, knitter, crafter, church admin, thrill seeker (only when shopping at thrift stores for tremendous bargains) my 4 dogs and my pigs servant, a child of God, saved, redeemed and trying to be joyful in a fallen world.

2 responses »

  1. Home Engineer,

    I have often thought about how our tendency to label others actually robs them of their God given worth and dignity. Why? Because we treat them according to their ‘label’; we look at them through their ‘label’ and not through the lens of Scripture.


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