The Devil Made Me Do It
Don’t you just love it when someone gets caught doing something they should not have done, and says that the devil made them do it?
It’s seems so simple to blame their issues and problems on someone or something else instead of taking responsibility for their own actions.
Here is something that I have come to realize, we truly are our own devils. Let me explain.
All the stories about the devil who used to be an angel was jealous and eventually pissed God off and he as banished from heaven (gross simplification, but you get the idea).
Anyway, there are some things to take note about this:
01. The devil has no power over you
If you follow some theology, then you would know that the devil cannot have power over you, since he was created by God. Yes, he can lie and tempt, but ultimately it will have to be your decision that causes you to stray from your path.
02. The devil was created by God
Think about this for a moment. At some point, the devil was good, since God creates things in His image and they are good. God also created free will.
The devil followed his own free will and turned his back on God, but no one other than himself made him do it.
03. Faith can reduce fears
It’s hard to stay on a given path, without straying, without failing. That’s when you fall off the wagon, or bike, you dust yourself off and get back on. Falling is scary, failing is worse, but we know that it will take time to get where we are going, and there will be many bumps along the way to knock us out of our seats.
These days, it is very easy to outsource blame and find a scape goat for our mistakes. By doing these things, we never really understand what we did wrong, or why we feel ashamed.
Feeling ashamed is a difficult feeling to work with, but you can work with it. As parents, its our job to teach our children how to work through their emotions and make the correct decisions in life. Through our example, they will also learn how to take responsibility for their own actions.