It’s Not My Fault

February 17, 2009

Sunday afternoon was the first afternoon in weeks that all of our children were going to be home at the same time, so we took that opportunity to clean up our yard.

After spending 15 or 20 minutes outside, I noticed that our eight year old was nowhere to be seen. I walked up to the house, opened the back door and hollered for her to come out. I thought I had noticed her quickly move to the other end of the couch but dismissed it and went back to work.

A few minutes later she still had not appeared so I began to repeat my earlier actions, however, it was then that I remembered I had forbidden her to have any candy that day since she had nearly overdosed on Reese’s and Hersey’s the day before. Due to her Valentine Day candy binge, I had made a decree that Sunday be a sugar free day. I had also promised her that we would go to the Cracker Barrel later that day to buy her a Love Monkey (those who have children suffering from WebKins addiction will know exactly what I’m talking about, for you others, it is a stuffed animal).

I opened the back door and stepped in only to see her dash to the dining room with something in her hand. I took the other route through the kitchen, rounded the corner, and caught her red-handed sneaking cookies back into the box! It was then that I gave her the “I’m so disappointed in you” speech and then the grand finale “Since you choose to make this bad decision, we won’t be going to the Cracker Barrel for a Love Monkey.” She was crushed. I felt horrible but I love her and wanted her to realize how important it is to make good choices.

Tucking her into bed that night, she pled her case, “Mom, I think you’re going to change your mind about the Love Monkey when I tell you this. Tonight in Bible Bowl practice I learned about ‘temptations’ and that cookie was my temptations. So I had to eat it. It wasn’t my fault. Can we go to Cracker Barrel tomorrow?”

There will come a Day when we will stand in front of God and give an account for the choices that we’ve made and, sadly, many people will offer the same explanation that my eight year old did, “I couldn’t help it. It wasn’t my fault,” but God won’t buy it.

Our life here and in the eternal depends on the choices we make today. Why not make the good ones?

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (New American Standard Bible)

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