Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable
An old Cherokee chief was 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, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This 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 chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
If we hold bitterness, wrath, anger, then it wells up in us, if we lash out in anger, we further fuel the anger we feel. I know if I am angry and start to tell the person about it, I get myself more angry, not less. Venting doesn’t work. I have tried that and it just doesn’t work. But, if I do my best to not argue, not let my anger get in the way, and ask Jesus to help me deal with it well, I do much better, I calm down, the anger goes away, without me releasing it. Holding it in, or acting out on it, just feeds the evil wolf. Seeking Christ’s help and giving the anger to Him feeds the good wolf.
I have fed the evil wolf, far too often in fact, but I am trying to not do so anymore and hopefully I will succeed in it. I just have to make sure and talk with Christ before taking any action.
Lord, I praise you and thank you for the guidance you have given me so far. I ask that you help me feed the good wolf and starve the evil wolf. Help me use soft answers, especially in my heart, before the words are formed. I pray for your continue help in my life, and ask you continue to work with me to help get me closer to what you want me to be for you.