Yesterday morning as I came out of the house, I spotted something strange and unusual in the neighbor’s yard. A cat was lurking under the bushes and intently staring in a certain direction that was alarming to me. The cat was staring toward my birdfeeders. I watched him for a moment and noticed how focused he was on the birds that were gathering for their next meal. This cat was ready to pounce at the first opportunity and consume his next meal.
I was running a little bit late and was concerned about making it to church on time. I had a decision to make - would I ignore the cat or would I try to shoo him away? I decided to help the cat reside someplace else. The birds were important to me and were safe for the moment. Mr. Cat would need to look elsewhere for something to consume.
As I was driving to work, I thought about the encounter with Mr. Cat. How many individuals, relationships, businesses, churches, and even countries have been negatively impacted by the things they choose not to shoo away? Those notions or ideas that are most often focused inwardly and based on fear and / or selfishness which organizations or individuals allow to linger, nearby, can cause great suffering and pain.
In the scripture, God was warning Cain about something he was allowing to linger in his soul and God says in Genesis 4:7 “if you do what is right, will you not be accepted? If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it “
Thoughts come to us each day that can either help us do good or lead us to do harm to ourselves or others. We may not be able to control thoughts that come into our minds but we can certainly control how long they lurk or linger. Should we not quickly shoo those thoughts away like jealousy, anger, envy, pride, and lust. Should we not seek to run away from those thoughts that lead us into a deeper darkness of selfishness . If we let them linger around they just might consume what is important to us - our relationship to God and each other.
What we focus on is what we become like! May we focus this day on God’s goodness and grace. There is a saying by some Sudanese Christians, “God is good all the time and all the time I am a witness!”
Shoo away those “cat-like thoughts” seeking to consume you and allow the melodies of the birds to bring joy to you this day.
– Blessings, Mark
Published on Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 3:48 PM EDT