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A Cherokee Legend

Before I begin, I’d like to mention that what I’m about to recommend applies every bit as much to me as it may to any of you. I am not trying to be judgmental or lecture anyone. Instead I’m just trying to make everyone (including myself) think a little bit more as we move into the final week of Lent. Sound good? Now, let’s look at an old Cherokee legend:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.” It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

As we move into Holy Week, it is a great time to determine which wolf we are feeding. If we feed ourselves a constant diet of Desperate Housewives, Howard Stern, gossip magazines, risqué jokes, Internet porn (either soft or hardcore), foul language and suggestive music, there is no doubt which wolf we are feeding. Instead, if we feed ourselves with the Bible and good spiritual reading material, watch only wholesome entertainment programs, listen to positive music and pray daily we are feeding the correct wolf.

Following Christ requires a daily examination of conscience. As we prepare to enter into the holiest week of the year, let’s try hard to be honest with ourselves. As always, the Holy Spirit will be there to help us see the areas that need improvement.

Two wolves…

only one will survive.

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