Zion United Church of Christ


Tale of Two Wolves

Posted on May 4, 2022 at 10:20 AM

A Cherokee elder was teaching his young 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, self-doubt and ego. The other is good- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The boy thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The elder simply replied, "The one you feed.”

― Tsalagi Tale

Every year the buds on the trees start blooming. A miracle in itself, if you are willing to notice. Some of us just notice the watering eyes, the sneezing, and stuffiness. But if you notice it is a forgiveness of the winter. The trees lose their leaves, the flowers drop their buds, and everything looks like it is dying. But alas a miracle of spring and everything starts to grow, starts to bud, and start to blossom. What a miracle! But we have to notice what is going on and not just think it is the same old, same old. We look at the world around us and believe all this happens on its own. I know some say it is just science and it happens because of certain things that cycle through time and space. But not me because I believe it is a miracle! It is supposed to be a reminder that life can start anew. So in nature, so in our lives! We can go down that path living and thinking that we are in control that nothing we do matters. We can have what we want when we want and it doesn’t matter. Living for yourself, money, and believing sin today and live again tomorrow. But can we? Is that all life is supposed to be? We can stay home on Sunday and then problems come we turn to God and the church when we are in trouble. What if God and church is there to help you keep your life in tune? What if spring is a new reminder to look at what and who should important in your life? What if it is a reminder to be thankful to our Lord and Savior and the gifts of the people he has given us in our lives? All our lives can be better! God is willing to lead you but you have to ask Him. Blossoms can happen in all our lives. We need to come out of the darkness of evil and go to the light of God.

So read the story at the top of this page again.


Yours in Christ,

Rev. Walter Coy


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