A Frog in Boiling Water
By will
5/15/2012 6:24:57 PM
Probably the biggest problem I've had through the years is allowing Satan to lure me into doing things that are "luke warm", or in other words, not terrible, just not wise. It was always easy to rationalize the action because it was barely worthy of repentance. The vast majority of the time, I then would go on to do things that were very bad. It is the old frog in boiling water story. To begin with, the water is not too bad. In the end, I'm cooked. My challenge has been to recognize temptation for what it is, and then stay as far away from it as possible.

Another challenge has been complacency. I'll do very well for a while and then get lazy or careless. My other obstacle is curiosity. This is the primary problem I've been dealing with most recently ie:looking to see what is on a sometimes questionable cable tv station, or checking to see if a particular adult oriented business still around etc. Luckily, I've escaped these recent indiscretions without being pulled into anything more serious. On a side note, I wish women would dress more modestly this time of year. Unfortunately, that won't happen.

So, like so many others on this web site, I put my hand in God's hand and just ask him to keep fighting for me. May God continue to bless each of us in our battle.


On a side note    
"Will, I appreciate your thoughts. I know I have been lulled carefully down the path to hell by small steps in the past. It is the way Satan works on all of us.

On the side, you mentioned that women should dress more modestly. I believe there are certainly women who should take that advice, and I used to think it was my job to let a few of them know it. I used to think it would sure help me and other men to be clean, if women were not so scantily clad.

I have since changed my opinion, and I hope you won't mind me sharing it. I now think it is not my job to focus on others and expect them to change. Instead, my job is to focus on my own lust, so that the beautiful God-created form of a woman does not incite me to impure, selfish, and unholy desires and passions outside the bounds the Lord has given. Even if they are immodest, I can still look away, relax, and forget about it, without obsessing or getting angry at them for "hijacking" my thoughts (as if I didn't give them the controls).

I admit--it's taken me a while to learn to think like this, and I bet there are others who would disagree with me.

Anyway, for some humor on the subject, here's an interesting picture on Modesty."
posted at 19:30:30 on May 15, 2012 by beclean
"An excellent point and very good counsel.
posted at 17:40:41 on May 17, 2012 by will

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"Nothing is beyond [Christ’s] redeeming reach or His encircling empathy. Therefore, we should not complain about our own life’s not being a rose garden when we remember who wore the crown of thorns! Having bled at every pore, how red His raiment must have been in Gethsemane, how crimson that cloak! No wonder, when Christ comes in power and glory, that He will come in reminding red attire, signifying not only the winepress of wrath, but also to bring to our remembrance how He suffered for each of us in Gethsemane and on Calvary!"

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987