A vice is often defined as a weakness in character or a bad habit. That does not necessarily mean that our perception of it is entirely negative. In fact, many of us have found ourselves reveling in the thrill of doing stuff just because you can. Many can attest to the fact that there is nothing weak about the vice, because like a vise, it grips you totally and changes your entire perception.
So, what vices am I talking about today? Well, some of the commonest i.e. alcohol and drugs. Scientific name, substance abuse. You don’t have to be full-on addicted to be abusing chemicals. Yeah, that’s what all that stuff is: chemicals. I bet someone in your social circle thinks it’s super OK to “indulge”. Besides, they only drink on weekends, and at worst do not go beyond “a drink” on a weeknight. After all, home bars are meant for consumption and soothing of the stressed mind. And what is wrong with a little powdery de-stress? Surely they can afford it, and they aren’t harming anybody, right?
Those are the kind of excuses we make on a daily basis to cover up the fact that there is a hole in the careful mesh of our character. If you ever find yourself wanting to do something so much, and yet having slight discomfort, the need to defend thyself, the urge to hide, then red flag: vice alert.
Others include sex, gambling, food, spending money, name it.
So, I’m not here to tell you how to live your life, because I know nothing about it. But let’s agree about one thing: the excuses have to stop, because in the way of vices, they lead us onto paths that could make us get lost. What excuses, you ask?
1) I’m really stressed, and I need to relax
2) I can use my money for whatever I want
3) I won’t do it again after today
4) I’mjust indulging
5) I just want to have a good time
6) Etcetera (fill in your excuse)
You are stronger than that. Having a weakness in character implies that the rest of it is pretty solid. If a good amount is solid, don’t you think it is able to provide strength to the weak part to get stronger? Let’s look at the liver analogy.
When the liver is diseased, the sick part can be excised. The remaining piece works to compensate for the loss in tissue, but also there is regeneration to create a new functional section. In the end, it is like it was before, but different and new and better.
When we cut out our vices, we regenerate in those areas that once had weaknesses and become new people. It’s very true.
I pray that God will guide you to be the best you could be. One thing’s for certain: you have to drop the vices. Don’t expect to do it all in a day. Some things are just so hard to give up. However, make progress.
And cheers to the new you, chum!