Jan 21, 2010

Disengaging the Micro-chip

By: Krista Darrach

“And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them … every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature.”  Alma 30:17

 Everywhere we go we’re inundated with distraction. It’s as if the world (more correct would be Satan) has inserted a micro-chip in our brain– programmed with worldly chatter:

“You deserve it” “You’re worth it.” “You don’t have to take that.” “You can do it.” “Buy now, pay later.” “Everyone is doing it.” “You hold the power.” “You can change your life.”

When I’m consumed by the constant buzz  … the dormant micro-chip becomes active and my brain is once again turned to ME. I am all powerful -- I bring new meaning to the word multi-task. Empowered by the micro-chip … I become Super Mom.

So off I go, thinking I can conquer all the problems in my life (and everyone else's). After all … I manage my household, my kids and husband. I hold a church calling, and have two jobs. I go to endless meetings and sometimes I even find time to write. 

But what happens? I fall short, not quite living up to the status of super mom.

Looking at the above quote- I just need to manage better and everything will be fine.
NOPE!!! It wont! 
The scripture is referencing Korihor’s (the anti-christ) philosophy. Doesn’t it sound like the ‘worlds’ ideas? YEP.

I’ve spent most of this week getting back to basics and once again humbling myself and dismantling the micro-chip. It’s so subtle, the way it creeps up on me. Those evil flaxen cords for sure are out to strangle me. But luckily I have the constant companion of the Holy Ghost, and I realize: Where there are worldly sufferings … there is always divine help.

“We should put God ahead of everyone else in our lives.” Ezra T. Benson

“If we increase our dependence on anything or anyone except the Lord, we will find an immediate decrease in our freedom to act.” L. Tom Perry

Dependence on anything? Yikes! So when I turn to food for comfort, to make me feel better about my dad having cancer - that would be considered dependence?  Or when I go on a spending spree, or escape in front of the TV or internet for hours, or stay so busy I’m distracted from the important things—this kinda dependence?

“Wherefore my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God.” 2 Nephi 10:24

Aligning my will with God’s will ... helps me disengage the micro-chip and when I immerse myself in the gospel – it becomes even easier to give up my dependence and rely on him. It only takes a mere decision and some willingness on my part to humble myself and ask for help. Help from Him, who has all power, and Him who works miracles in my life.

Once I do that, my actions improve and everything else seems to fall into place. Then I’m given more time and more energy-- but only when my will aligns with His.

Now I’ve just gotta get better at keeping the micro-chip disengaged.


  1. Good luck on that Krista. I think it's part of our life here in this time. I try to disengage but life won't let me. I use to think it would be better to be "apart" but that's not doctrine either. We are to be in the world but not of the world. Keep working on it. I'll try too esp when that driver in the left lane going under the speed limit is even with the slowpoke in the right lane on the bayway when I'm late for work...you know those king of moments.

  2. Exactly Terri.
    Just one day at a time, it's all we can do.

  3. Excellent post, Krista! I love the scriptures and quotes mentioned--especially L. Tom Perry's. Thanks!

  4. It's amazing how constantly we shift and have to realign our perspective, isn't it. No wonder we need to regularly pray, erad scriptures, attend church, etc.--to help us keep shifting back. Great post. Thanks.

  5. Love those quotes and scriptures, Krista. Satan has pulled all the stops...knowing he can't win, he is determined to pull as many of us down with him as he can. Those distractions can be so cleverly disguised...makes me realize how important it is to stay tuned in.


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