Picture this….A wise, 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 wolf is good….He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, benevolence, empathy, long-suffering, 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 wise, old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Each one of us has been given a free will by our Creator, God. In that free will we can choose to be abusive with our words and actions, or we can heal with our words and actions. Yes, we are just human after all, but controlling our tongues and our actions is a discipline that builds character. Even Paul the Apostle had difficulty controlling his thoughts, words and actions. (Romans 7:14-25) He was honest in admitting it, but that should not give us an excuse!
When you explode with anger you cannot take back your words or actions. A runaway temper can cause depression, especially when you create a circle of resentment. You become angry at yourself because you lost your temper; that adds new guilt, you then become angrier at yourself…..it’s a vicious circle.
In the book of Proverbs much is written about anger…
for example Proverbs 14:17 says, ” A person who quickly loses his temper does foolish things.”
Paul told the Christians in Ephesus, “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are angry.” If you stay angry, the anger turns into bitterness and hatred, and that, Paul says “will give the Devil a foothold.” That is when anger becomes a sin.
Therefore, take a lesson from the wise Cherokee….
Do NOT feed anger. STARVE that most destructive part of human nature. Anger starts in the heart and mind.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, who can know it.”
Since I know that about myself, I pray this prayer every day. “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
WHICH WOLF WILL YOU FEED TODAY?