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My Cat Thinks I’m Bono


My Cat Thinks I’m Bono

I have a cat named Aslan. He’s an apple head Siamese. He’s 14 years old, and regardless of what you may think about cats versus dogs, he is an incredible pet. I’m convinced that Aslan thinks that I’m a rock star - rock star on the level of Bono. Wherever I go, whatever I do, Aslan is always right there, following me around, purring loudly, and adoringly watching my every move. He’s always purring my praises. Sometimes it freaks me out a little bit but then I remember, he’s just expressing his love for me.

I have a son named John Paul. He’s a human. He’s 7 years old, and regardless of what you may think of boys versus girls, he’s an incredible boy who also happens to be an opportunity for me to question my parenting ability constantly. Wherever I go, whatever I do, John Paul is always right there, following me around, talking loudly and inquisitively watching my every move. He’s always singing my praises when he gets his way and pointing out my inconsistencies when he doesn’t. Sometimes it’s exhausting and makes me want to throw in the towel, but then I remember, he’s just trying to figure out life and my beloved son provides an opportunity for me to remember and share God’s love for me.
On the bad parenting days, it’s really nice to have a cat that thinks that I’m Bono. But in my life overall, I need more than that. I need encouragement that doesn’t run out. I need a well within my thirsty soul that springs up to eternal life. The reality is that I’ll always look for encouragement somewhere but it won’t last unless it’s from the right place. His name is Jesus.

Parents, we need to remind each other that God not only loves us, He delights in us. He rejoices over us with singing. We need to appeal to the throne of grace on each other’s behalf, especially on those days when we’re ready to throw in the towel, so that we can receive mercy and find help in our time of need. Parenting is a constant time of need yet also a constant opportunity for encouragement. Yes, we are failures more than we are successes in our own eyes, BUT in Christ, we are always God’s children, loved, adopted and valued for eternity.