Gilligan’s Island was a fun show to watch when I was young. Gilligan, the Skipper, Ginger, Mary Ann, the Howell’s and the Professor were stranded on a deserted island that had more visitors than any other deserted island in the history of mankind.

While they were there on the island they were had people drop by all the time. A disoriented pilot, criminals, headhunters and even a rock band stopped to say “Hi!” and went on their way without providing rescue.

The professor could do anything like make electric cables out of vines, a generator from bamboo and all sorts of other crazy but useful inventions. Well, he never seemed to be able to design a boat that would make it out of the lagoon but he was pretty good at other stuff.

The Howell’s were just greedy and lazy and mostly I wanted the headhunters to take them away because they just didn’t have any useful qualities for the rest of the gang.

Ginger and Mary Ann did a lot of the work while the Skipper bossed Gilligan around, encouraging him with insults and smacking him in the head with his hat. The Skipper loved to look at the camera when he gave his lines on the show and over the years I liked him less and less.

Gilligan’s Island was a pretty ridiculous show with a pretty ridiculous premise that had to go to ridiculous lengths to maintain that premise. The people were only on the island because of Gilligan screwing up. They had one plan after another that failed to get them back home because Gilligan messed it up.

But even as a kid I realized this, if Gilligan was the problem then why didn’t they lock him up so he couldn’t mess things up?

Nope, they let him run loose knowing that he would never let them leave. They could put the world’s greatest plan together but if Gilligan was there it was going to be toast. Sometimes they even made Gilligan a part of the solution to their plight. This was always a guarantee to fail.

So how do I insure success in my life today? I have to get rid of Gilligan. He seems lovable and fun but he will make me fail. No matter how right I am and how great my plan for today is, Gilligan will wreck it.

Romans 1: 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

By not worshiping God as God and not giving Him thanks I not only placed a Gilligan in my plans, I became Gilligan.

Yeah, I honestly thought my plans and ideas for my life were pretty smart but looking back I can now see they were foolish and no more viable than that foolish group’s plans to leave that island. How can God watch me day after day as I continue building failure into everything I do without just completely giving up on me? He is patient with me but He isn’t allowing me to change His plans. I will suffer for being a fool.

Proverbs 18:6 Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.

I have had some beatings, that is for sure. My words have been the source of pain and hurt for others as well as for me. I have even taken pride in the brutality of my words. But for years and years I have spewed forth the words of a fool.

Proverbs 18:2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

That describes me perfectly. There have been some uncomfortable moments for my wife as she has stood by and listened to me expound on my wisdom sounding like a complete idiot. But I am not doomed to be this way anymore. I can’t fix it but I can let go of my inner Gilligan. God is calling me to do this.

1 Corinthians 1: 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.

I must have a special place in God’s world. I have been the king of fools. Still, He chose me. I have been despised, He still chose me. I have been weak and yet He chooses me. I guess the last verse sums up what I do every morning. I bring to nothing what the world considers important and focus on what God considers important.

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7 thoughts on “The Problem With My Inner Gilligan

  1. What a great metaphor for that show, and the way you turn it over to God and how we become Gilligan (self-sabotage) if we don’t give God his rightful place!

    Nicely penned

    PS: I think I’ll enjoy watching that show because of the reference from this post!

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