Creativity is a wonderful thing. We see it everywhere. It shows up in some interesting places … like when parents come up with excuses for their kids:
“Please excuse Josh for being absent. I forgot to wake him up and I did not find him until I started making the beds — by then it was too late for him to go to school.”
“John didn’t come to school yesterday because he was feeling like he was going to be sick. Thankfully, he wasn’t!”
“Please excuse Janet’s absence from school. It was Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Since I don’t have a job, I made her stay home and do housework.”
“Please excuse Ricky from school yesterday. He spilled gasoline on his stomach and I was afraid he might explode.”
“Please excuse Mary for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch and when we found it on Monday, we thought it was Sunday.”
Excuse is defined as an attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); to seek to defend or justify.
We’ve all done it. We have tried to excuse ourselves for something we have or haven’t done. We would like to justify ourselves or simply get off the hook in an embarrassing or an uncomfortable situation.
Eve had an excuse: It was the serpent’s fault. Adam had an excuse: It was Eve’s fault.
Somebody has to take the fall (pun intended). One of the marks of maturity is when we own our thoughts, words, and deeds. We live in a shaming/blaming society where it seems to get easier to point to someone or something else.
My mom, and probably yours, used to say that when you point your finger at someone else, you still have four fingers pointed back to you. Lord, help us to take responsibility for our own lives!