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11/4/2017 12:21:00 AM
But, Soft! What Sound Through Yonder Window Breaks

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC


If the human mind is a place of mystery and intrigue, my mind is a place of unpredictable thoughts where one event can trigger a number of unrelated memories. Just for example, a few nights ago I heard something outside my bedroom window as I was preparing to go to bed. It was the makings of a cat fight, but let me tell you, it was no ordinary fight! I don’t know if these cats were fighting or just talking about it, but whatever it was, it was loud.

I’m not even sure what they were fighting about in my garage because there is only a couple of lawn mowers and a weed eater that will not work. If those cats want to get mad about something, they should try to start those confounded motors! A lawn mower and weed eater that won’t work is something to yell and spit about.



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As I was deciding whether or not to go out and break up the fight like a “Cat Bouncer,” two literary giants came to my mind, William Shakespeare and Mark Twain. Like I said, my mind is a strange place and reacts in its own unique way when confronted with unexpected challenges. As I was standing at my bedroom window looking for two overheated cats having a loud conversation, a quote from Romeo and Juliet came to mind, “What light through yonder window breaks?” Of course Romeo had love on his mind, and the cats had fighting on their minds, but his soliloquy came to my mind as the cats talked the language of war. I wondered what Shakespeare would have written about the cats at my window?

Before I could answer my own question, another thought about another literary giant came rushing into my mind. Mark Twain wrote, “Let a cat get excited once; you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, and you’ll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw. Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it isn’t so; it’s the sickening grammar they use.” In a span of a few seconds, I went from being shocked by the noise of the cat fight, to being angered, to being contemplative, to winding up with a smile on my face as the fight stopped as soon as it started. I guess both cats lacked the courage of their convictions.

What can we learn from this story? First, cats can be heard before they can be seen. When a cat is talking loudly, I can’t tell if he is yelling for help or hollering his “war cry.” The only one who really knows what he is saying is another cat.

I don’t have the insight of Mark Twain, my grammar is lacking at times, so I can’t criticize a cat for speaking his mind under distress. In our lives, we shouldn’t be concerned with our hoops and hollers, but with the words that others can understand. Besides, anybody can talk a good game; it takes commitment to live out your convictions.

Second, cats are emotional creatures that can be sound asleep one moment and have their backs arched and claws extended the next. There is nothing wrong with emotions. I can go from calm to crazy in a matter of seconds. However, I don’t want my emotions to control me from one event to the next. If you live for an emotional high all the time, you will be disappointed most of your life.

Third, the rumor is that cats have nine lives. I know humans only have one. It is true that you can live your life anyway that you want to, but you can only live it once. How are you living your life today? Are you like a cat that is driven by a full moon, content to either sleep or fight, depending upon your emotions? Or do you have another guide to help you in life’s decisions?

Romans 15:5-7 says, “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Jesus Christ is the best example of how to live life regardless of the circumstances and emotions that we find ourselves in. Take a few moments today and make sure Jesus is at the right place in your life and heart.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!



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