Life Lesson From My Cats
Stop Tearing Around the House!
My two domestic grey cats, Mister and Sister love their treats. My previous cats did not get cat treats. I never thought I’d be a cat lady dispensing tiny food morsels, but the truth is out there now.
I rescued these siblings as kittens from a shelter in 2015 after our sixteen year old cocker spaniel crossed the Rainbow Bridge. They’re curious, naughty at times, independent, yet highly affectionate. Both were bottle fed after something happened to mamma cat so they bonded readily with humans. By their cuteness, they’ve taken over the entire house, placing my husband and I into their servitude.
Recognizing their nocturnal DNA will never change, it can be quite annoying when trying to sleep. Last night, they were chasing each other around the house, skipping over our prone bodies as they tore out of the bedroom into the living room. Sister is petite but when Mister the tom steps on your stomach, you notice. At 3:00 am, Hubby complained. Up I rose to solve the problem.
All Cats Frolic at Night
Tried and True Method
Enter cat treats. Delicious morsels of delight my felines cannot resist. I walk to the laundry room, shake the bag and in run the cats (thank you, B.F. Skinner). Both jump onto the washing machine expectantly, tails high, waiting. Then I close the laundry door before administering treats.
It’s a comfy cat room: the laundry basket beckons if sleep is a desire. Their litter boxes, dry food and water are there. Problem solved and cats secured, I pad back to bed satisfied.
My Takeaway: We are Easily Lured
I didn’t get back to sleep. Writing inspiration kept thoughts firing. Why can’t the cats figure out I can be a mean temptress luring them with to a place they don’t want to be?
The devil uses similar tactics with us, doesn’t he, enticing us with our own desires?
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (James 1:14 NKJV)
The Amplified Bible words it “when man is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).” I can see how I am tempted by my own cravings; sugar is what I’m tackling now.
Our enemy is ruthless. His sole aim is to trap us. He wants to lock us into a comfortable laundry room where we curl up in our invisible chains of addiction, go to sleep and not resist. Just as I rescued these grey sweethearts and gave them a home, we have a Kinsman-Redeemer who delivers and rescues (Genesis 48:16; Exodus 6:6). His name is Jesus.
What temptation are you fighting that easily besets you? Identifying it is the first step to breaking its stronghold in your life. Journal and date it, then decide whether you are ready to tackle it. Often we know our own shortcomings but are not ready or willing to quit. I’ve found that journaling the behaviors or situations that set me up for temptation, help me recognize when they’re present.
Jesus, I bring my weaknesses to you today and ask for the grace, strength and wisdom to break their hold on my life. I’m tired of tolerating behaviors that control me. Help me by the power of your Spirit to recognize and resist temptation and ultimately defeat it, Amen.
© 2017 Kate Leach