Ephesians 5:3-10 (MSG)
Don't allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, Christians have better uses for language than that. Don't talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn't fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect. You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them-the usual variations on idolatry-will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God. Don't let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. Don't even hang around people like that. You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You're out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true-these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
I've collected many stories over the years. Unfortunately, I didn't always write down the source. Here's another one of my favorites:
An wise Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life and says, "A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil-He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good-He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside of you, inside of every person. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"The wise Cherokee replies, "the one you feed."
To practice goodness, to live as a child of the light, means feeding the right things. Feed the good wolf, follow the "bright light of Christ." Think about it.