My daughter Melodi and her husband are traveling in Spain. David and I will be taking care of their four little kiddlets this week. I took the opportunity one morning to teach them about
the Spirit and the Ego.
I have seen them at times reacting to situations in their interaction with each other, rather
than responding. Since they are very familiar with soccer I explained it this way.
"When you came to this earth you chose to be part of a really cool game."
“What do you mean grandma?”
"Before you came to earth, your spirit was prepared for ions of years. You were loved, you were taught between right and wrong, you knew the laws of heaven. Your spirit had never had a body though, so as part of your existence having a body was part of your progression.
One of the greatest challenges you were going to have was to learn to overcome the tendencies of your physical body."
"What are the tendencies of our physical body grandma?"
"Good question, Joseph!"
"The tendencies of the physical body, or the Ego, are: lying, stealing, bad thoughts, selfishness, hatred, conflict, gossiping, anger, disagreements, troublemaking, contentions, disobedience, disrespect, unbelieving, envying, hitting, rebelling, frustration.
How does all this apply to you guys?"
"Hum, maybe when we get frustrated with each other, or we are unkind, rude and inpatient we are obeying the physical body?"
"That’s right David! You guys are really good, you are getting this.
Let me tell you something else.
In order for this game to be exciting we need opposition.
This is when the spirit comes in.
Paul, in the New Testament, tell us that the fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-restrained."
"Wow grandma! So, when we are being kind, patient and loving we are obeying the spirit we have inside of us?"
"Yes, Cami! That’s it. You see, Paul also reminds us that
The Ego and the spirit are against each other. Just like when you play against another soccer team, except that this game is playing inside of you all the time.
One of the purposes of the game is that you train the body to obey the spirit. But it takes practice, practice, practice."
"I’m going to give you a set of stickers. I want you to pay attention how well you do this morning playing this game. You are going to draw a line in the middle of the page and on one side you write Ego and on the other Spirit.
"We are ready grandma!"
"Ok. Every time you see yourself reacting in frustration, having a bad thought, not being obedient, or being unkind, you put a sticker on the Ego side. Every time you are patient, obedient, generous or loving you can go ahead and put a happy sticker on the Spirit side. Simple enough?
"Yes, grandma we can do this."
"I want you to pay attention how you feel when you react to the influence of the Ego
and how you feel when you respond to the influence of the spirit.
We will get together tonight and we will talk about it. Deal?"