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Which wolf will win?

As I've written about before, we've been trying something a bit different this Lent, and that's to encourage a fast from negativity.


Last Sunday, my assistant Pastor Mary did a fantastic job following up, by encouraging us to "focus less on our problems and more on God's answers" in her sermon.

It's not too late to begin a negativity fast. There are still 21 days between this Sunday and Palm Sunday, and almost a full month between now and Easter Sunday.

Just the right amount of time, psychologists say, to break old habits and take on new ones.

One thing this Lent has taught me is that fasting from negativity is not easy. Especially if you've had a difficult week.

And so it's important to remember our response-ability as human beings.

Response-ability means that while we cannot necessarily control other people or circumstances, we can control our response. We have, as human beings, response-ability: an ability to choose to respond in a variety of ways to any given circumstance.

In that spirit, and as a sneak preview of my sermon this Sunday, I want to share one of my favorite stories:

An 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, false pride, superiority, and ego.

"The other wolf is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

"This same terrible fight is going on inside you. And inside every person."

The grandson thought about it, and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied,

"The one you feed."

Which wolf will you feed today? This week? This Lent?

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