Who are you feeding?

Each of us has our own “demons” to battle, or as I wrote in one piece, “Every Superman has his Kryptonite” and this little story explains it in a wonderful way! Read and learn: One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all, one of the wolves is Evil. It represents anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”  Isn’t this story the truth?

The Bible tells us: Luke 6:45 “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. 

When you look into the face of death, whether personally in a near death experience, or someone you care about facing death in a hospital, it makes you want to stop and think about what you are doing with your life. This morning, I started my day dealing with a problem that someone else had caused by their sharp tongue, I felt that familiar anger wanting to stir in my bosom, then looking at pictures of some recently departed loved ones, I knew that my eternal life is far more important than anyone on earth could ever be.

So let us quote this familiar prayer together: Matthew 6 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves, and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes. “

In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

Search yourself to see which of the “Wolves” you are feeding!

2 Replies to “Who are you feeding?”

  1. What a hoot. I just came from my son’s bedroom where we were discussing meals in the Bible. We are talking about exploring this theme further, and our preliminary thoughts reveal this will surely be a fruitful study.

    Do you know what the first meal is?

    Of course you do. It is a scene where the serpent invites the woman (helper) to rethink the Holy menu. And with merely a bite of the forbidden fruit, the world tumbles into darkness.

    Wow! The kid and me think eating the wrong stuff on the menu seems rather slight compared to the sins of Hitler or Manson, but neither of those guys did nearly the damage that Adam and Eve did. What a strange story?

    But it resonates with the Eucharist quite well. Eucharist is God’s answer to the serpent’s forbidden fruit. The Cross of Christ is the Tree of Life. His body and blood are the fruit of the Tree of Life.

    We still have questions. I mean, knowledge of good and evil seems like a good thing on the face of it. How is it wrong for Eve to desire that wisdom? She saw that the fruit was able to make her wise. And sure enough, when they ate it, their eyes were opened! AND THEY WERE LIKE GOD – which they already were, but now somehow even more so, and yet less so at the same time! Untangle that!!! Just read 3:6-7 and see what I am talking about. And anyway, isn’t raising my kids to know the difference between right and wrong a good thing? How come God didn’t want Eve and Adam to know the difference?

    I have ideas about an answer to such questions, but they are very tentative just now.

    But I bet you can’t guess what the second meal of the Bible is.

    Go ahead… Guess…

    Nope.

    Try again….

    Nope.

    Okay, with this caveat… Noah is told to pack food for the trip on that Ark, but there is no depiction of a meal being eaten during that time. But in chapter 14, Melchizedek brings a meal to Abram and it is….. drum roll please……

    …..

    bread and wine.

    Hmmm….

    God is feeding Abram bread and wine. He takes communion with Mel, who some think is Jesus before he was Jesus! And certain the writer of Hebrews paints Jesus as a priest in the order of Mel. So… there is a close relationship there of some strange kind. And God feeds him this particular meal… the same meal that OPENED the eyes of the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24! Yeah… eyes opened with broken bread – a clear signal that Eucharist opens our eyes to see Jesus!

    But then in Gen 18, “The Lord” pays Abe a visit just after Abe is circumcised. Abe is sitting in the tent still healing from the knife wound to his unmentionable parts when he looks up and sees 3 drifters (homeless guys???) trespassing on his front lawn and he practically demands that they stay and eat. But not before he jumps up and runs around, presumably holding his healing sore parts, hollering for his wife (the helper God gave him) to throw a meal together, “We have guests!” And the meal is quite extravagant! A ton of bread, the fatted calf, all the fixin’s it would blow Thanxgiving away!

    There is a lot more to that story… promise of a son to be born and laughing when you shouldn’t at the homeless guy’s crazy ideas over dinner etc… But these are the first 3 meals of the Bible… plus Eucharist and the Emmaus story thrown in to bounce sparks off each other.

    Me and the boy are digging into the word for food. Bread from heaven. And we sense our treasure hunt is close to revealing vast wealth.

    And then I sit down and find your post on feeding… and I think, okay, I gotta say something….

    It is just preliminary… will post more on my blog as it unfolds. I am sure. But We are excited at this house tonight! Thought I would just tell ya…

    Blessings….

    X

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    1. Just WOW!!! I love what you have said here and can’t wait to read your blog on it. Very interesting thoughts‼️ Thank you for sharing it with me ❤️‼️😇

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