Monday, March 28, 2011

the one i feed

i read something in my devotional book this weekend that struck me. not just got me thinking, but suddenly aligned everything i've been seeking for in my walk with God and my search for truth:

from a native american faith tradition we receive the story of a grandfather telling his grandchild about spiritual struggle and growth. "inside me there are two wolves who fight each other all the time. one is motivated by peace, gentleness, honesty, justice and love. the other lives by resentment, bitterness, hate, anger and violence." "which one wins?" asks the child.

"the one i feed," answers the elder.

22 comments:

sarah nicole said...

Your posts always give me chills! (In a good way : ) Love this parable!

xo,

Sarah

Jennifer Rod said...

this is so true. good reminder.
:)
jen

Nicole said...

This was so perfectly put. What we feed our mind or how we spend our time REALLY, REALLY affects our walk. Thanks for the encouragement!

the southern hostess said...

I needed this bit of wisdom today. So glad you shared!

Peaches said...

My friend, you and I are on similar wave lengths. Just recently I've realized that life is all about how you look at it (something I forgot) and what "side/wolf" you decide to feed and fuel. I hope you're having a happy start to the week!

Kristen said...

This is a great post, and such an awesome picture!

Emily said...

such a great thought! the bad side can only win if we let it

Ana* said...

reading this gave me shivers. what a beautiful story!

Shalyn said...

Wow, I have never heard that before- so powerful! Hope you are having a terrific Monday!

Thisisme. said...

That was brilliant, and so very true. We all have the ability to feed the wolf we want to. Let us all try to feed the gentle, kind, honest one that is inside us.

everyone calls me bon bon said...

Wow, so incredibly true! Thanks for the great reminder. So simple and profound. xoxo

Kimbirdy said...

yes! this is a story i was taught in grad school and is pretty popular to use in therapy with clients. it's so true isn't it? and such a beautiful way of looking at life and growth. my professor even gave each of us a wolf head at the end of our time in graduate school to inspire us as we went out into the world as therapists. i'm so excited you read about it in a devotional!

Mo Pie, Please said...

This is wonderful and some great food for thought. Thank you, as always, for sharing!

melissa said...

This is incredible. I love this & it is SOO true! What Devotional do you read? I haven been looking for a good one to read but no luck yet...xoxo

charla beth said...

powerful.

thanks for the reminder.

vintch said...

@melissa: this was actually a devotional/sermon series book called "five practices for fruitful living." it's a beautiful book about the power of community, fellowship and faith-sharing. you can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Practices-Fruitful-Living-Robert-Schnase/dp/1426708807

Amber Blue Bird said...

I just had an "ah ha" moment as Oprah would say :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

That's so true. I've been feeding the peaceful one. It's amazing how easy things are once you make a choice. The other never really goes away, but it won't win.

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Beautiful

Tiffany said...

This is great! So simple, yet so complicated all at once!

~Tiffany

Jenni @ Story of My Life said...

LOVE THIS. And that photo is fabulous.

Hearthandmade said...

omg! I am loving this photo and your blog! so sweet :)

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