Confessions of a Coca Cola Addict

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There are so many addictions in this world, aren’t there? And often times I think we tend to think of those who are addicted to things like alcohol or drugs when we see the term “addict”. But there are so many other ways we can be addicted to things that are not benefitting us in anyway….especially with regard to our faith.

God has been convicting me lately on my addiction to drinking pop. Since I’ve been on a weight loss journey, that pop has been of the diet variety. But in all reality, even though diet pop does not have sugar in it, there are a host of other ingredients in it that are questionable and controversial to say the least. Just google the biggie….aspartame! The internet is all over the spectrum when it comes to this artificial sweetener….including first hand stories of how life improved for many when giving it up.

C’mon. “How bad can it be?” you might ask? Lets see….on some days, I could run to town to get, say, some groceries. When I arrive at Meijer, I would run through the checkout first to grab a cup and fill it with coke zero. Their cups are 32 oz. That would be mostly or completely gone by the time I went through the checkout again, this time with my groceries. So, then there was the refill. Then, lets say that happened to be the day my husband and I meet other couples for life group. Our routine is that I pick him up from work, and head out for a mini date. We go grab a bite to eat which always would include another 32 oz (and sometimes a refill) of coke zero AGAIN! Did you add that up? Some days I could be drinking 128 oz of coke zero IN. ONE. DAY! It hurts just to type it.

And on top of that, what is an addiction really? What is it that drives us to do something we know not to be beneficial to our lives, harmful even? And as a believer, I think it comes down to searching for satisfaction in something other than God. The enemy knows exactly what he is doing when he tempts us. If we are running after that addiction, then we aren’t running as hard after Jesus! If we are running after that addiction, we are blinded. If we are running after that addiction, we are distracted. It’s an idol! Oh, but God help me!

Last night I finally confessed this to my husband! I’ve known I’ve needed to for a very long time but was so ashamed. Plus, on the one hand I DID want to be free of the habit, but on the other, I didn’t! It is essentially a drug for me I think. Ouch. That stings. I was afraid of his reaction. I was afraid I’d see his eyes widen with the enormity of the volume. Maybe even a scolding…..

But….it didn’t happen.

There was just love. There was encouragement. There was the fact that he was happy I told him. And isn’t that like God? God already knows everything single thing we have done, are doing, and will EVER do! And yet he is still there saying to us….just come to me. I will help you (Psalm 46:1). I will deliver you (1 Corinthians 1:10). I will rescue you (Isaiah 43:1-7).

I have other addictions in my life: busy-ness, affirmation, food…and the list could go on. But God loves me as I am RIGHT NOW. And he loves you too! He’s waiting for you to ask him for help.

And today? After finally confessing my sin? I feel so much lighter. Stronger. Ready to take it head on with the help of my hubby who said he would do what he can to walk through this battle with me. But even more so, ready to take it on in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus!

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Corinthians 1:10 – He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
Isaiah 43:1-7

“Do not be afraid—I will save you.
I have called you by name—you are mine.
2 When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the holy God of Israel, who saves you.
I will give up Egypt to set you free;
I will give up Ethiopia[a] and Seba.

4 I will give up whole nations to save your life,
because you are precious to me
and because I love you and give you honor.
5 Do not be afraid—I am with you!


the holy God of Israel, who saves you.
I will give up Egypt to set you free;
I will give up Ethiopia[a] and Seba.

4 I will give up whole nations to save your life,
because you are precious to me
and because I love you and give you honor.
5 Do not be afraid—I am with you!

“From the distant east and the farthest west
I will bring your people home.
6 I will tell the north to let them go
and the south not to hold them back.
Let my people return from distant lands,
from every part of the world.
7 They are my own people,
and I created them to bring me glory.”

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