Who Made Me Do What?

“…the Holy Spirit whom God
will send… will tell you everything.”

From John 14:26

I admit that some of today’s television offerings are a bit too much for me. Daily newscasts frequently dishearten me. This reality makes me reluctant to tune into fictional versions of the same. So it is that when I find myself in need of a departure from reality and am too tired to read, I turn to reruns. One station offers an amazingly endless selection of my long-ago favorites.

The other day, in the midst of such a retreat, I dozed off. I awoke to someone saying, “Why did I do that? What made me do it?” Though I had no idea of what I was watching, my groggy thoughts turned to Flip Wilson. I was in college (Yes, a long time ago!) when his comedy show aired. At the time, most people were aware of his classic assertion, “The devil made me do it.” The comedian had coined this line while portraying Geraldine in one of his most beloved character skits. Though Flip Wilson was popular, this line became even more so. At the time, regardless of what one was accused of, announcing “The devil made me do it!” was expected to absolve us of any responsibility for our wrongdoing. Though this didn’t actually work in most instances, a similar phenomenon seems to work every time.

Whenever I’ve found myself faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, something has nudged me in the direction of a solution. In these instances, there was never a logical reason for me to do what I did. Still, I did it because something from within nudged me. When I look back upon these events, I realize that I managed to survive what could have been devastating circumstances. When asked to explain, I can only respond, “The Spirit made me do it!”

Loving God, thank you for your presence which guides us through our troubles and opens us to your joy.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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Spirit Made Me Do It!

“…the Holy Spirit whom the Father
will send in my name–he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”

John 14:26

A reasonably new radio station prides itself in playing vintage music from the 60s and 70s. This station is an offshoot of a television station which reruns programs from the same era. While watching an old favorite, my husband and I got into a discussion regarding our favorite old shows. Though I admit that I wasn’t an habitual viewer, I occasionally enjoyed episodes of The Flip Wilson Show while in college. It was during one such exposure that I first heard the expression, “The devil made me do it.” The comedian coined this line while portraying Geraldine, one of his most beloved character skits. Though Mr. Wilson was popular, this line became even more so. Regardless of what one was accused of, announcing “The devil made me do it!” was expected to absolve the offender of responsibility for any wrongdoing. I assure you that this didn’t actually work in most instances. Still, a similar phenomenon seems to work every time.

Throughout my life, when I have found myself in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, something nudged me in the direction of a solution. In these instances, there was never a logical reason for me to do what I did. I just did it because something from within nudged me in a given direction. When I look back upon these instances, I realize that somehow I survived what could have been devastating circumstances. When asked to explain myself, I can only respond, “The Spirit made me do it!”

Loving God, thank you for the inspiration which guides us through our troubles.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved