“Hey, Robbie! Look at me driving! I’m getting better and better!” 12-year-old Cheryl quipped to her year- older brother beside her.  Her mother had taught the two to drive. As a farm girl, Cheryl’s mother learned to drive tractors, then cars, but both at an early age. No tractors here in the city, so the car had to do. In their mother teaching them, the siblings knew where to find the keys even when Mom was gone.

Cheryl  had been driving the family car around the residential area for the eighth loop when she spotted the glint of glass from binoculars at a neighbor’s second story window. The retiree pushed up the sash and glared at the girl. “Girlie, I’m calling the police!”

Which gave Cheryl time enough to get home and park perfectly. By the time the police car arrived, there was one family car in the driveway, looking to everyone like it hadn’t moved since her mom went to work.  Good thing the officer didn’t feel the hood or he would know the rubber had recently met the road.

The police officer commented, “Your neighbor, Mrs. Shaw, said that she has seen you two driving the car around the area this morning. Also other times. I see we have a dozen of Mrs. Shaw’s complaints.  What do you say?”

“How can that be? You can see the car is parked right here where it is supposed to be,” Cheryl answered with wide eyes.  She omitted the part about parking it there herself just before the officer got there. She and Robbie had so far always made it home safely and quickly.

As they grew, Cheryl and Robbie became licensed, careful drivers, good citizens and devoted Christians as well. They left the kid’s stuff behind, including leaving out vital facts like being underage kids driving around the streets of the city without a license.

King Solomon writes, “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” [Ecclesiastes 7:20].  True, written more than 900 years before Christ.

We already know Romans 8:23 by heart, “For all have sinned…” written by Apostle Paul about 60 years after Christ. And the sinning hasn’t stopped since. But right living is possible as we add to the end of the story.

So to continue, this well-used Romans passage follows with good news, a light, a redemption “The righteousness God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. …and we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” [Romans 3:22; 24-26].

To all who believe in Jesus Christ, the gift of redemption.  It’s a priceless ticket to freedom. That’s the best kind of ticket to get.

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]