It’s hard not to wake up to an onslaught of negative news. Sadly, it’s the norm. Traditional media and social media are ladened with hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, immorality, and impurity. These are the fruit of the Flesh. In fact, they make waking up hard to do.
Contrast that with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Now, those are things worth waking up to and rising early for.
Flesh or Spirit? The arena in which they struggle is our life. The field of battle is our mind. The Flesh (our sinful nature) attempts to lure you away from the character of God. The Spirit wants to woo you with the love of Christ. The one whom you yield your mind to will dominate your life.
This is not unlike the Native American story, The Tale of Two Wolves. There is a fight that goes on inside all of us, a terrible fight, and it’s between two wolves that battle in our minds. The Evil Wolf wants to consume us with unhealthy thoughts: anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The Good Wolf wants positive thoughts: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The key to winning the battle is understanding your mind doesn’t care what you feed it, but it will return what you feed it. Feed anger and it will return anger. Feed love and it will return love. Therefore, if you want to live in the Spirit, feed your Good Wolf. To live in the Flesh, feed your Evil Wolf. Your mind is agnostic, however, you control the outcome. You have free will. You get to choose what you feed it.
What really matters is feeding your Good Wolf. And when something really matters, it’s easy to rise early for it. Have you ever considered what are the things you’re willing to rise early for? Early morning habits that feed your Good Wolf say a lot about your priorities.
Feed your Good Wolf by giving it the first fruits of each day’s time and attention. Learn to give your best energy to what matters most. The Evil Wolf is energized by the onslaught of each day’s negative news and distractions. Don’t allow it to gain a stronghold that compromises your focus and energy.
Our days are dark with evil. But, we can rise early each day, while it is still dark, and win the spiritual battle over our minds. Your Good Wolf, with the Spirit as its helper, will beat your Evil Wolf and the Flesh … all day, every day.