Nothing kills the human soul like judgement. Judgement runs deeper and lasts longer than any physical weapon or injury.
American Sniper is a must-see film based on a true legend. An aura of indescribable gratitude filled the theater as the audience exited. No spoilers here, but there is a major concept addressed at the beginning of the film that has gripped me well.
Chris Kyle’s father, a southern preacher, tells his sons a parable about the three types of people in this world: 1) Sheep who are innocent and need protection, 2) Wolves who devour the innocent sheep, and 3) Sheepdogs who protect the sheep. He challenges his sons to choose wisely.
My Uncle Mark has been on my mind a lot lately. He’s the man who taught me what “Love God, Love people, Live it without exception” looks like. Combine this with the theater experience, and my mind will be swimming for days.
What do wolves sound like? They can be thoughts that creep into our minds or words that spew out of our mouths when we feel insecure about something. They can cast judgement and condemnation on innocent or unsuspecting victims. Wolves can destroy the human soul, while the body goes on living.
Sometimes we are our own wolf. We attack ourselves. We aren’t enough. Not confident enough. Not interesting enough. Not smart enough. Not accomplishing enough. Not tall enough. Not fit enough. Not wealthy enough.
Not enough. Fill in your blank.
Recognizing what your wolf sounds like is the first step towards safety. It’s really hard to protect from an unseen element. Knowing what your wolf sounds like, and recruiting sheepdogs (i.e., family, friends, coworkers, etc.) to keep guard, ultimately helps create conditions to thrive.
My very closest friends live 100 – 2,500 miles away. Choose to surround yourself with people who speak LIFE into you. No matter what distance.
This world is scary. Especially in a place that is hard to truly call “home.” BUT what is “home?” Home is where the greatest loves of your life are. Incorporate these people, wherever you are. Make the most of it. Make it mean something. All of life.