The judge looked at the boy who was trying to put on a tough act, but could see the fear in his eyes. Stealing the car was a first offense for him. Could it have been initiation into a gang? The boy’s mother looked disinterested and there appeared to be no father figure in the home. Gangs can look pretty inviting to someone who doesn’t feel like they belong.
“Michael, please stand,” the judge ordered.
Michael and his lawyer stood.
“This court finds you guilty as charged, and incarceration is what is due.”
The boy trembled.
“However, since this is a first offense, I want to offer you another opportunity to turn this around. Would you like to have another opportunity to walk the straight path?”
“Yes, your honor.”
“Good. Then you will be on probation for two years meeting with a probation officer once a week. Plus, you will be doing community service for one year and joining in the youth group at Daylight Community Church for two years. Is that understood and agreed to?”
The boy pondered only a moment and responded with visible relief. “Yes, your honor. Thank you for this opportunity.”
When choices we make are wrong, there is a price to pay. The wages paid for sin is death. We deserve eternal separation from God. But we are offered a gift—Jesus. Jesus made a way so that we didn’t have to suffer. Our choice for Jesus means our choice to eternal life with God. It is our choice though.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your great gift of grace. I pray that I can display grace to others each day so that they may be drawn closer to you. Amen
Faith Tip: Think of the areas you need grace today. Accept it with open arms.