We’ve been dog sitting for the past week. Zoey is the same dog who came to swim with Berkeley back in the spring. Now, her family has gone on vacation, and we, along with two other families, are taking one-week stints watching her.
The first place she went has an older dog who really didn’t appreciate Zoey’s company very much. She got growled at a lot there. We have a big black lab that outweighs her by 56 pounds. But they’ve had a lot of fun together.
The next family she’s going to today has a young spaniel much more her size. I’m sure the romping with be epic. I’m also sure she won’t know what to do with herself once her family is back next week.
But looking at the two dogs at my house reminds me of the story of the black and white wolves. Apparently, the Cherokee Indians have a story about a time when there was a terrible argument between two adults, and an old wiseman was asked to mediate. With all the children gathered around to see what he’d say, the old man told this story:
Inside of everyone lives a black wolf and a white wolf. The black wolf is filled with fear, anger, envy, jealousy, greed and arrogance. The white wolf is filled with peace, love, hope, courage, humility, compassion and faith. They battle constantly. The obvious question to the children was this one:
Which wolf wins?
The old man’s answer? The one we feed.
We choose, every minute of every day, which wolf we’re going to let win in our hearts. Will we give in to anger and jealousy, fear, greed, arrogance? Or will we be filled with peace, love, hope? Those sound a lot like the fruit of the Spirit, don’t they?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22,23).
If we live by the Spirit, we will not carry out the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
The principle is simple, but not easy: stop feeding the black wolf.
Thankful today for:
399. a week-long play date for my dog
400. this opportunity for outreach to their community for my boys
401. a cleaned off desk
402. a great husband who will run to the store at 9:00 at night to buy milk because we’re out
403. a significant time of prayer last night for the outreach this week
404. less than a week left before we leave
405. a new look to my living room
406. God watering my new little rose bush
407. the near completion of our landscaping project
408. friends returning home safely
409. the promise of heaven
410. that we don’t have squeaky toys in the house for our pets!