There is a Cherokee tale about an old timer who told his grandson, “My boy, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

I took my own advice and just turned off the noise of the TV and headed to my thinking chair, which thankfully turned into a resting chair. For me, there is way too much noise these days. It fuels the polarization, makes me jittery and gets in the way of fruitfulness. I don’t believe that just tuning out the noise is effective.  It doesn’t work that way. You have to silence the noise – literally, turning it off.
As you move toward the eve of this day or enter newness of the morning, listen for the voices that matter, the voices who deeply care for you, who love you and fruitful acts will follow.

Scripture Reading:   1 Thessalonians 5:13b & 14
Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. “

Reflection Questions:
Who do you need to encourage?
How are you being helpful?
What will help you become more patient?

Prayer:  Holy God, quiet me and settle my thoughts. Let me listen to the voices that matter, the sounds that lead me toward caring for others. Fill me with your peace.  Amen.

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