The Cleverest Thief In The World - Alcohol (3 of 9) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

Proverbs 20:1
Print 260, CT 810161

1 Wine is the mocker and beer a brawler; whoever
is led astray by them is not wise.
You may have read this in the paper:
"The most clever thief in the world - I invited her into
our home for special occasions. We had become good friends I
thought. Then I began to look forward to our meeting at the
end of each day. After a while we became so friendly I had to
see her every evening. People are accustomed to seeing us
together. Even the police knew our names. Our identity was
too closely linked, I thought, so I began to see
her on the sly. At first she stole small change from my
pocket. I wasn't concerned. Before long, she crept into my
billfold. I wasn't happy about that but I enjoy her company
too much to complain. My friends dropped hints that I was
seeing too much of her and she had made some changes in me that
they didn't like. I resented their interference and I said so
and they dropped me. My wife and children complained about
the time I took from them to spend with her. I said, "If you
insist that I make a choice I will choose her," and I did. She
began to demand so much of my money I could no longer afford
new clothes. I heard people at work whisper about my shabby
appearance, they blamed her. I was annoyed, and distanced
myself from my colleagues. She started to visit me at the
office. My boss became upset. He said my friend was
interfering with my work. After several warnings I lost my
job. We had some heavy arguments after that. I told her to
stay away so I could think. She said, "So long buddy, you'll
come back for me before Iong." She knew better than I knew
myself. Soon I was seeing her again. Our affair became more
intense than ever. We spent every day and night together. I
had no wife, no family, and no job. The next thing to go was
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