“The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
~Genesis 3:12-13 (NLT)
I am out of state this week accompanying my son, Eric, to a conference for digital designers and other creative folks like him. You can just feel the creative vibes all over the hotel!
Eric was born with the gift of creativity, and he has made the most of it all of his life, including in his excuses for misbehaving. The most creative of all his excuses came in preschool when, for some reason, he hit one of his classmates.
When his teacher asked Eric why he would do such a thing, without missing a beat, my 4-year old “delinquent” retorted, “Because my mommy lets me watch too many violent cartoons.” (Oh, he was a handful back then! 🙂 )
The Bible is filled with examples of people who blamed others or made excuses for their sin, with the most well known being Adam and Eve. We are no different than Adam and Eve, and have become quite creative in our own excuses for sin.
“I’m only human.”
“Everyone else is doing it.”
“It’s just the world we live in today.”
“I’m going through a mid-life crisis.”
“God made me this way.”
“It’s not the worst thing I could do.”
We will never have a shortage of excuses for our sinful ways and we will never run out of people to blame for our current lot in life.
When it comes right down to it, an excuse is simply a way to delay facing the truth about ourselves. But you see, here’s the thing, God already knows the truth about us… and He loves us anyway! How awesome is that?!
He knows our heart and is well aware of why we do the things we do. The outside world may buy your flimsy excuse, and it may make you feel better about yourself, temporarily, but God sees it for what it is.
God wants your heart, not your excuses.
With anything in life, until we admit that we have a problem, there is no hope in overcoming it. Unless we own up to our sin problem, we will never be in a position of true repentance and never experience the peace that it brings. (Proverbs 28:13 NLT)
Eric’s response to his pre-school teacher is a great reminder that even at a young age, we, not unlike Adam and Eve, have a propensity to make excuses and blame others for our actions. While it may be cute coming from a 4-year old, there comes a point in our life when excuse making is no longer funny or attractive- to others or to God.
As Christians, we need to accept responsibility for our actions.
No more excuses. No more blame game. And no more violent cartoons for your preschooler! 🙂