Part of the human condition is the internal battle between good and evil. Most people truly desire to be good, to have no evil within them, but most people (dare I say all) don’t always win the battle. Though we strive to be good, sometimes evil wins the battle.
The Apostle Paul admitted that he struggled with this battle in Romans 7: 15-24. If the Apostle Paul struggled with the internal battle, what makes us think we won’t struggle with it? And, more to the point, how do we win the battle within?
I think the Bible gives us that answer (one place is Philippians 4:8), but I came across this old Cherokee legend today that very matter-of-factly tells us how to win. It also implies that we are fully in charge of who wins the battle.
The story goes,
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson, “There is a terrible battle going on inside of all of us.”
“The battle is between two wolves. One is Evil – It is 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.”
Which wolf are you feeding?