Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Reflection - A Grandfather's Wisdom

Native American proverb

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice...

"Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt great hate for those who have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down,
and does not hurt your enemy." 

"I have struggled with these feelings many times. It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended.

But...the other wolf... ah! The littlest thing will send him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all of the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing."

"Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked,
"Which one wins, Grandfather?" 

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said,
"The one I feed."


Psalm 145:7-9 (New International Version)
7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

James 1: 19-20:
19 Remember this my dear brothers! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. 20 Man’s anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose.


I pray for those who are wrestling with inner trauma - may they find peace and tranquility


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