Justifying the Means by Jo Russell

“Ah, vacation!” It is all things to all people – even little ones.

School kids and siblings Adam, Richard, and Amy thought, Wow! Four days for Turkey Day and then we’re off for weeks at Christmas!

But for working parents, especially moms like Jeane, the emergencies from kids being home alone were as welcome as computer pop-ups and unwanted text messages.

While a working mom tries to maintain her composure and remote management skills, she masters phrases such as,

“Only call if it’s an emergency. What is an emergency?”

Though the kids could recite emergencies without a pause in practice sessions, in real life, it was a different story.

The business phone rang at Jeane’s desk and the first words proclaimed, “Mom, it’s an emergency.”

“Like what?”

“Richard pushed the garden hose through the kitchen screen and put water all over the kitchen floor.”

“Turn off the water.”

“But if I go outside, he’ll squirt me.”


“Because I locked him out.”

“Where’s your sister?”

“Amy’s eating the Christmas cookies you hid in your closet. She locked the door.”

Though these scene-stealing actions may be justified by the young set, most outgrow them and make better choices. But no one is perfect. All make mistakes.

But there is a Biblical concept of “justification” that applies then and now. That is, it is just as if it never happened. It erases a red-faced moment by making a life right again. It doesn’t mean that the action or choice wasn’t wrong. It means that before God, Jesus’ blood covered the sin and it is paid for.

Here’s the proof: “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” [Romans 5:10-11 NIV]

Justification is not giving excuses for choosing badly. It’s giving us a second chance. It’s pulling us to the light. It’s making life right again. It all begins with accepting Jesus, God’s son.

It would be as if Richard’s brother never filled the kitchen with water while his sister ate up the homemade cookies in the closet.

And isn’t erasing those red-faced moments with God worth it?

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]