Monday, January 21, 2008
Do you remember in the movie Napoleon Dynamite when Rex the Dojo gives his speech about "Rex Kuando"? He points out his flag pants and asks if the students think anyone would want to mess with him wearing "these bad boys?"
There are times each month I have certain cravings which turn me into a scheming self deceiver. I need chocolate. Today I asked each of my children privately if they had any chocolate in any form they could share...each said no, and I was secretly relieved and saved from myself.
I try to prepare for these sudden attacks of cravings and need. Rex the dojo in Napoleon dynamite steels himself against certain attacks by wearing his bad boy pants. I steel myself with the bad boy armor of God. Lehi tells me about it while telling his boys..."Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which ye are bound, and come forth out of obscurity and arise from the dust." (2 Nephi 2:23)
Addiction to food was a chain that bound me. Every time I looked in the mirror at 205 I could have easily echoed Nephi's words and said "oh wretched (woman) that I am!!!" Every time I would see the bottom of a carton of ice cream I finished off with a spoon in front of the TV, I could have easily said "my heart sorroweth because of my flesh"..."I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me." (2 Nephi 4:18)
Nephi then states "...why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations...?(v27)
When I finished lamenting I had to get real(aka Dr. Phil). The temptations that easily beset me come from the cocoa bean or from Frito Lay. When I go grocery shopping I cannot buy treats I cannot resist, no matter who I say they are for. I try to shop after a big breakfast or other meal when my resolve is strong. It is dangerous to have to go to the store after 8:00 or when I am hungry. If I really need something and I know the still small voice will not be heard over the roar of the bakery I take a kid and tell them to not let me buy a package of cupcakes. They are usually delighted to play the role of policeman for mommy.
"Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul" "Do not anger again because of (a bag of Cheetos). Do not slacken my strength because of (Chubby Hubby)." "Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say; O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God and the rock of my salvation."(2 Nephi 4:28-30)
How can you not succeed with the armor of God on? Unlike Rex's bad boy uniform it will never be dated and is a must have item for Spring of 2008. "Oh Lord, I have trusted in thee and I will trust in thee forever." (2 Nephi 4:34)