I heard an analogy long ago about a man who had two dogs. One dog was named “Flesh.” The other was named “Spirit.” These dogs were always getting into fights. One day someone asked the man which dog usually wins. The man responded, “Whichever one I feed the most.” The flesh represents the human side of nature. The spirit represents spiritual or Godly desires. This is a Christian website. Any Christians reading this will know what I mean. If you do not consider yourself a Christian, you may not relate to this. Let me explain it this way.
Young people, you are faced with a multitude of influences which will result in how you live your life. I don’t have to tell you that there is a battle between good and evil, and between Godly and satanic forces. The battle exists between the cultural norms and personal convictions . There is an ongoing tug-of-war between the broad path of anything goes and the narrow path of truth and righteousness. It is easy to go with the flow. Sometimes it is very subtle. Which “dog” are you going to be? Which one are you going to feed the most.
You “feed” yourself with what you watch, listen to, read, or engage in. This includes the types of book you read, the programs you watch on TV, the movies you go to see, conversations in which you engage, social media, tabloids, video games, and anything else I may not have listed. As a composite whole it is all affecting you over the long course of time either for the better or for the worse.
Decide today, if you hrave not already done so, to feed only your spirit. How might you do that? Here are some suggestions. Read inspirational books. Be selective in watching movies or shows on TV that have some value to them; not just entertaining. If you are a Christian, listen to Christian music. (This is not meant to imply that other styles of music are wrong, though some rap and rock songs have very undesirable messages in the lyrics). Feed your mind with anything that will help give you power to live a life in the spirit, and not in the flesh.
Feeding the spirit means to not allow yourself to be controlled by the thinking of the culture, especially social media. The spiritual war between the flesh and the spirit is won by avoiding the things that can cause you to lose the battle. It means to live on a higher level. So, again I ask, which dog are you feeding the most?