My friend, may I ask you a question? Do each of us need to feed the “right wolf” today and for the rest of our lives? Do we need to rejoice in meal after meal of love, joy, peace, happiness, goodness and delight as we pull up a chair at God’s banquet table? Although our alter-ego of sin will always be there, do we necessarily have to feed it?
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. 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 tell 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, Thank You Father that You have promised that the testing of our faith produces perseverance and steadfastness, which in time will bring forth the beautiful Christlike character that You so desire in all Your children. Help us Lord to embrace any trials that You see fit to enter our lives. Help us to look at the difficulties that engulf us with Your eyes.. and give us an eternal perspective on all the problems we may be called upon to face, so that we may count it all joy when we are confronted with various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces the godly fruit of patience - and help us Lord, to use those times of testing as an opportunity to grow in grace and as a springboard to develop a deeper and more secure relationship with You. In Jesus name. Amen.
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