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7/27/2019 12:11:00 AM
Fiddle Playing Kitty

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

After months of debate, my wife and I adopted a kitten from a local animal shelter. I am convinced that is one of the best decisions we have ever made!

Our last cat had passed away a couple of years ago and I didn’t want to “replace” her with another cat. I thought I was honoring the memory by not getting another cat to love. I was wrong.

People are designed by God to love, and pets were created by God to be loved. When I told a friend that I had a kitten, he asked me if it was a “rescue” cat (one purchased at a shelter), and I said, “Yes” because the kitten had rescued us! If you don’t have a pet, then go to the animal shelter and get “rescued,” and if you do have a pet, then treat him or her like royalty.

It has taken some adjustment on my part to get used to hearing the “pitter patter” of little feet in my home again, but it doesn’t take long to remember to expect the unexpected. I was walking down the hallway and I heard an unfamiliar sound coming from another room. It was a, “pop, pop, swish,” sound.

My first thought was that my air conditioning unit was about to break, a thought that would send a hot tingle through anybody’s back in the middle of summer. I walked into the room to see my kitten sitting on the back of a couch pawing at a fiddle and bow that my wife had placed on the wall for decoration.

The kitten was in his own world as he popped the fiddle’s bow in a consistent rhythm. My mind quickly went to the nursery rhyme, “Hey, diddle, diddle; the cat and fiddle; the cow jumped over the moon; the little dog laughed to see such sport; and the dish ran away with the spoon.”

Out of all the things the kitten could have played with in the house, he wanted to play the fiddle. Who says nursery rhymes aren’t based on truth! Eventually, my wife had to take the fiddle and bow off the wall because the kitten wanted to practice with them for an hour or so a day.

It seems that everyone in my family can play a musical instrument but me. If I knew my kitten could play the fiddle, I would have named him Charlie Daniels instead of Mordecai Ham.

Let’s be honest, life is just too short to live in the pain of the past or to live with the absence of love in the present. God gives us the ability to love and to be loved. As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ said that the presence of love would be the way His followers are identified in this world.

John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

To “have” love for people is not as easy as it sounds. Love comes from God, and a person must have the right relationship with Him in order to have the right relationship with others. If you don’t have love, then you will never be able to share love. Anybody can be mean, judgmental, or self-righteous. It takes a person who is willing to be obedient to the will of God to love when it would be easier to hate.

So, I say to you, “Choose love, even the middle of darkness and hurt, always choose love.” You don’t have to understand someone in order to love them, just do what Jesus says to do, and have love. When God is your source for love, you will never run out of love for His creation, man nor beast (pets).

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

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