It was early morning. I was grumbling as I swept cat hair off the rug on my back porch.
My mind went back to the first time I saw this stray cat. He unfortunately showed up on my porch while my grandkids were visiting. They were both saying, “Nana, it’s hungry you have to feed it.” They would not give up – they are animal lovers – I am not. Finally, I fed the cat.
Actually, they fed the cat.
Of course, it kept coming back.
All my neighbors know I don’t like animals. They began to inquire about this cat. “How’s your cat?” they would ask. I would always respond, “it’s not my cat.” My neighbors began to call it…not your cat. They would ask… “how is not your cat?” The name hung around. So did the cat.
As I was grumbling while sweeping away cat hair, the Lord spoke to my heart. He asked, “What else are you feeding that you don’t want hanging around?”
I once read a story called The Fight of Two Wolves Within You, as told by an elderly Cherokee. It went like this:
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, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Although I read this story many years ago, it often comes to mind.
There are things in all our lives that we don’t want hanging around. Insecurities. Fears. Anger. Conflict. Pain. Lack. Even sickness in our bodies.
Then there are things we desire to have in our life. Peace. Security. Wholeness. Health. Prosperity.
The question is, which one are we feeding?
We feed with our words. When must understand the power of words. We must also realize this truth; what we speak or think affects our life.
The right words can transform our lives.
On the other hand, we can’t expect to speak negative words all the time and have a positive outcome.
Matthew 12:37 says we will be justified or condemned by our words. The Amplified version says our words reflect our spiritual condition.
Proverbs 18:21 says; Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.
Instead of sweeping up the mess of things we are feeding, as I was, I think it is time we stop feeding the things we don’t want hanging around, don’t you? We are the only ones who can change it – and we change it with the words of our mouth. Let’s begin to feed only what we want to grow in our lives.
Meditate on this:
Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. 1 Peter 2:2