Friday, July 27, 2012

shoes and ships and sealing wax: avoiding the adversary

I was laying in bed several nights ago when a little snippet of The Walrus and The Carpenter popped into my head very randomly.

I haven't seen Alice in Wonderland in several years and couldn't completely remember the story of the walrus and the carpenter... so I got out of bed, went upstairs, and, at two in the morning, read about The Walrus and The Carpenter.

And realized that it was a blog post waiting to happen.

So, without further adieu, here's the clip that gave you nightmares as a kid...
[But has a great moral!]

Notice how the walrus kept the carpenter from running down there to eat the oysters at the beginning.

They needed to be lured.

You know how you [supposedly] are supposed to tell kids what to do rather than what not to do?

Like... "keep the sand in the sandbox" rather than "don't throw the sand"??

Well... I usually try to focus on what is good to do...

Except for now.

Because it is important to realize that Satan is real and that he is powerful.

But remember that he only has the power you give to him.

Curiosity can be a dangerous thing.

It can get you into trouble sometimes.

So don't be curious. 

Try avoiding rather than resisting temptation.

One of my YW leaders used chocolate chip cookies to illustrate that just last Sunday.

[pretend you aren't supposed to be eating a cookie...]

With no cookies to be seen, she asked, "are any of you tempted, sitting here in Young Women's, to eat a chocolate chip cookie?"

Well, of course not. There weren't any chocolate chip cookies around.

Then she brought some into the room.

"How tempted are you now?" she asked...

Of course, the fact that eating a cookie was now an option planted the idea in our minds.

She passed out the cookies.

"How tempted are you now?"

Pretty tempted.

Then she had us take a small bite, but eat no more.

How tempted were we to finish the cookie?

Well... I do love cookies...

Anyways. If you aren't supposed to be eating a cookie, don't go into the kitchen where they are being made.
If you have trouble dressing modestly, don't go into a store where there is mostly immodest clothes.
If you have a hard time keeping the Word of Wisdom... don't go to a party where they are serving alcohol.

Doesn't that make it a little easier?

Avoid making the decision altogether.

1/3 of the host of heaven are all around us... trying to get us to give in.

They watch you to determine your weaknesses.

Your weaknesses will be different from others. My weaknesses are different from yours.

Identify your weaknesses. It will help you know what sorts of things you need to watch out for.

Pray for help and stand strong.

Remember, we already know which side is going to win in the end. If you already knew the outcome, why would you bet on the losing side?

Be aware... because just like the walrus, Satan tempts you little by little.

Of course there is always a way back, but you would be making things a whole lot easier on yourself if you never went down that road in the first place.

Now wasn't that positive? :) 

I think that The Walrus and The Carpenter really has a good moral to it.

And I liked the chocolate chip cookie analogy.

Oh... and I should probably mention that I will be in California visiting family for the next two weeks. So my blogging schedule might end up a little irregular.

Who knows.


1 comment:

Sis. A said...

Amazing! You are amazing...SO far ahead of the curve that you don't even know the curve exists. A wonderful post. Perhaps no coincidence that the Walrus and the Carpenter were also up in the middle of the night...theirs for evil...yours for good. Opposition in all things. Enjoy California. You will be noticably missed.


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