Lessons from Home Part II
Every time I travel back home to the Delta, I am flooded with memories and lessons I learned from them. Today we will continue a series of some my favorite memories and life lessons and I would love to have you as a travel companion.
There was a time in my young life that I learned what justice is and my teacher was named Judge Jean. Most of the time I called her Mamaw though. She is the other half to my farmer Papaw that I told y’all about last week.
Judge Jean would call order to her court whenever anything was amiss in her household. Or whenever she needed a chore done and thought of a conviction for someone in order to handle those tasks. My Uncle Keith was victim to many a conviction under the judge’s rule. For example, anytime he killed fly he was accused of murder and was then sentenced to wash dishes to pay for his crime. Now, Mamaw was no bug lover but she did love having her dishes done by anyone other than herself.
There were other legitimate crimes that occurred under the Farmer’s roof in that small, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town. Like when I would shuffle the UNO deck and put all the wild cards in my hand. I thought I was being slick but people tend to catch on to that sort of thing.
The one conviction that sticks out in my mind the most was when I told Brandon that he would be able to fly if he let me put lipstick on him. Of course this wasn’t true but he was six and wanted to fly. So it was that he ended up with the most beautiful fuchsia lips that I’ve ever seen on a child. I had planned on picking him up and swinging him through the air as an attempt to pacify his need to fly. Alas, that was not sufficient and off he ran screaming Judge Jean’s name down the hall.
I knew I was toast. I mean, who gets away with that kind of adolescent hazing? Those trials were the worst because you always came out with a sentence. I can’t remember anyone ever being pardoned even if they deserved it. Judge Jean’s justice was a bit skewed, you see. I can’t remember what my sentence was but I know it had to have been awful since I never tried that stunt again.
This taught me a few very important lessons. 1.) Putting lipstick on a little boy is just wrong. Never do that. 2.) Your sins will always find you out. Some right away in the form of a screaming, flightless child. And some down the road when you least expect it. 3.) Judge Jean’s form of justice was always skewed but God’s form of justice is always fair.
God is holy, we are not. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Although this riles our sense of selfishness, God could have very well done away with us and sent us into a horrible eternity apart from Him and this would have been perfectly just. Yet He chose to send His Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice and atonement for our sins. It is up to us to repent of our sins and accept Christ’s salvation for our life. It is up to us to commit our lives to God and follow his commandments that are directly tied into that salvation found on the cross. But the salvation of your soul is free for the taking. That salvation is available to all walks of life, every color of skin, every man, every woman, and every child. You don’t have to “get your life right” first. And you don’t have time to finish out your partying years or whatever your excuse may be. Now is the perfect time to accept Christ’s salvation.
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Make sure you come back next week for the next installment of Lessons from Home.