What do Others See?

While I was washing the dishes last night I started to think about our cat.  We have a rescue cat that does not like strangers; as a matter fact he’s quite fearful of most people that come to the house.  He especially knows if someone likes cats or not. For example earlier this year we had houseguests for three days and not once did he come out from his hiding place to  say hello to our friends.

Thanksgiving was a different tune.  We invited some friends from church who had never been to our home.  Motorboat, our cat, ran out of sight as soon as the doorbell rang. We told  our friends we had a cat…but they would never see him.

The husband shared how much he liked cats and wished he could see him.  “Not going to happen,” we laughed.

Then much to our surprise after dinner Motorboat came wandering out into the living room.  He walked right up to our friend – letting him pet him. ‘What in the world?’ I thought.

But then I realized when our cat looked at our friend he saw someone that had a heart for cats.  You know cats are smart…you can’t fake loving them.

Just like loving God….When our son saw his wife for the first time he said he saw the love of Christ on her face.  He knew her heart just like our cat just knew our friend’s heart.  Seven years later we have seen her love for Christ grow and blossom.

When others see us do they see the love of Christ on our face and just know our heart?  Or are we faking it; just going through the motions? Our friends may not realize it at first, but God certainly knows our heart.

I pray these ramblings make sense to my readers and pray that in some small way they make a difference.

Scripture Reading – “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples-when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34, 35 MSG)

Prayer – Lord, help me to draw closer to you and have my life reflect your love.  When others meet me, I want them to know there is something different about me and that difference is you.  And especially, Lord, I want that difference to draw them to you and for them to want to know more about you.

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