Choosing the right wolf?

September 18, 2018

 

             

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we are faced with the decision to employ gentleness or gruffness and the situation calls for decisiveness, what are the choices? Is there ever a good reason to be anything other than calm and patient?  

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

I have an eating ego and an eating alter-ego. On the one hand I really want to eat healthy foods because as I get older I know how important it is to watch my waist line. Unfortunately, watching my waste line has become a whole lot easier these days because, well, it’s just a whole lot easier to see. That’s my alter eating ego; my “I crave the fat and salt” ego. Both egos crave attention. When my pants get too tight, the healthy one gets nudged; when I feel that dull ache in my stomach after a long day at work, the fatty ego comes through loud and clear. Which one gets fed depends upon which one I choose. It’s all up to me and, unfortunately, I’m not always the best one to make the decision. 

 

That’s how it is when we are faced with the decision to employ gentleness or gruffness when the situation calls for decisiveness. It just depends on our choice. 

 

Here’s a story: And old Native American tale tells of an elder who is asked by a young brave why men are both good and evil. The elder tells the brave that every man has two natures. Inside him are the good wolf and the bad wolf. The bad wolf is vicious and violent. It is full of fear, hatred, anger and destruction. The other wolf, the good wolf, however, is kind and peaceful. It is full of love, joy, gentleness and goodness. These two wolves, the elder explains, are forever at war with each other inside of us. The young brave then asks the elder which wolf will win this war. The elder smiles and says, the one who wins is the “the one you feed.” (Joseph J. Mazzella) 

 

When we sicken ourselves on anger, fear, or hate, we feed the “bad wolf” within us. When we feast daily on thoughts of joy, feelings of love, and gentleness, we feed the “good wolf”. This takes a lot of effort and it’s not easy to do. I am sure that a lot of unhealthy thoughts will still try to sneak onto our plates and into our hearts, souls, and minds each day. In a very real sense its like my struggle with the food egos. I know which is good, but choosing is sometimes difficult. Choosing to eat healthy thoughts is, of course, the best course. Each of us needs to feed the right wolf today and for the rest of our lives. Rejoice in meal after meal of love, joy, peace, happiness, goodness and delight as you pull up a chair at God’s banquet table. That alter-ego of sin will always be there. But, you don’t necessarily have to feed it? 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently, and find peace in your plan.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-for-patience-peace-your-daily-prayer-june-15-2017.html–adapted)

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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