There is something about feeding animals that is appealing to people, especially young children. Whether it’s Henry the dog, Squish the rabbit, Crystal the fish or Richard the goat, the kids love giving them treats. Maybe there’s a control aspect to it.
In researching goats, one website talks about taming a kid. Raisins, they say, is the key to taming the goats on their farm. Richard is fond of raisins. Squish comes running to the edge of her cage to get a carrot or some lettuce from the kids. Henry gets treats for the kids in exchange for a command. With food you can tame, train and get the attention of animals, perhaps it is a form of control. What happens when you lose control?
What we feed will become bigger and stronger. If properly trained, there shouldn’t be a problem, shouldn’t be. When it comes to animals, it’s good practice to always understand that they are still animals. In fact, it’s good practice to always remember, we are still animals too.
There’s a Native American parable you may have heard before:
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at battle.
One is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery, and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred, and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, “The one you feed.”
The animal you feed will tend to come back for more. The more you feed it, not only the stronger it gets, the more comfortable it gets.
Romans 13 talks about the things of the flesh and the things of the spirit:
“13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
This verse alerts us that salvation is near, the Lord’s judgement is upon the earth and we must live according the ways of Jesus Christ, according to the things of the Spirit.
To add to that thought, Galatians 5:17 says: “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.”
In essence, don’t feed the flesh. In doing so you starve the spirit. I’ve been feeding my flesh all too much for all too long. Over the years I have made efforts to stop feeding the flesh and giving nourishment to the spirit. There are so many subtle treats in life that sabotage. I want to prepare for Christ’s return. I’m tired of feeding the flesh. I want the spirit to grow stronger and have the control.
For this reason, I am planning a break or fast from social media. In so many ways it feeds the flesh and distracts from the spirit. This is not something I am promoting to anyone, but it’s something I personally want to do. Perhaps there are other things you might need to consider. What feeds the flesh and starves the spirit? The kingdom of the Lord is upon us. Don’t feed the animals, the animals within us. – jason