11.10.19

The one you feed

"One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’" (A folk tale, author and original source unknown).

My older brother Jonathan sent me a version of this 7 years ago. I had heard the story before and it has stuck with me over the years. For those who are followers of Jesus this sort of parable is so relevant. We want to be new creations, conformed to the image of the Christ. We don't want to let the old selfish man that idolised the world, flesh and devil (knowingly or otherwise) to prosper. The sins of omission and commission, of thought, word and deed are to become dead to us. That wolf must lay slain at the foot of Calvary. Sure we may still faulter and fail along the way, for we are still human. Nonetheless we must feed the wolf of love and wisdom in God's strength rather than our own. Die to self, live to Christ.

"... 'Which wolf wins?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’"


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