Daily Lenten Devotion Saturday, March 29

Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Psalm 149; Genesis 47:27-48:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 and Mark 7:1-23

Mark 7:1-23 – 14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” …

20And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

These words of Jesus reminded me of the following story from Native American culture.

A Cherokee Legend

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.”

What I find is that when I feed myself with the things of this world it is easy for envy, greed, resentment to take hold but when I feed myself with God’s love and peace then I sense the abundant goodness of God and how blessed I am.

It makes all the difference as to what I feed my mind and soul.

Take a look back on yesterday. What fed your soul? The things of the world or things of God? How did you feel about things yesterday? Did they give you a sense of peace or did they make you really uneasy? Did they lead to real life or darkness?

The other day I had the fortune of meeting with a couple getting married. Their wedding is going to be at their house on Table Rock Lake. We took a ride down to the dock where they want their wedding. After looking things over Christie the bride took me on a ride around their neighborhood. She wanted to show me where she went to find some peace and quiet. A place that reminded her of all the blessings God has and is giving her. It was a place that overlooked the lake and right near the lake itself. It was a beautiful and peaceful spot. I could sense what a special place this was for her.

We all need places like this. For me it begins by centering myself in God’s word and God’s love for me and all and then listening for God’s voice which calls me to life, real abundant life.

Today feed your mind and soul at the banquet table God has set for you; his word, his people, life itself.

O God, forgive me when I take my focus off of you and wander away from you. Guide me to Your holy ways, ways that give life, gives hope and peace and love. Amen.

Psalm 149 – 1   Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

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