Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Simple Life

From folklore: One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:

"Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."


A simple house
well lit and warm
A couch offers rest to those who carry the heavy load
A stove cook meals
for the hungry soul
It is filled with the sweet
songs of praise
and hope
that causes others to move
despite their aches and pains

For men have unwittingly entertained angels
through the simple act
of kindness

which has little worth here on earth

And although the kind
act is a weak moment
in the eyes of the unbeliever

the kind act is a weak moment
in the soul of the unsaved

For the laborer, his wages here are few.
His crop is tiny
His words simple
and his honors small

yet God took the simple life
to redeem all

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