The Bible and Cats - Acceptance

By Josephine Smith

Hollow de Log is a cat that my family took in when he was two weeks old. He was a tumbling ball of yellow fur that could barely walk and could hardly see. Our neighbor found him alone in a hollow log. They waited two days to see if his mother would return for him. After finding that he was truly alone the neighbors brought him to us. We gratefully accepted the little orphan kitten whom we quickly grew to love. 
We bottle fed him, loved him, cared for him, and finally taught him to drink from a bowl after much awkward trying on our part. With being raised by us and have probably never seen another cat in his life, he became quite strange.  

Hollow formed strange habits like sitting at the table, pulling his food out of the bowl with his paws and then eating it, standing in his water, sleeping on his back, sleeping with his legs twisted one way and the rest of him the other, sleeping with his back legs straight out behind him, and this is just part of the long list of strange things he does.

Sometimes people are judged or excluded from others because they are like Hollow, they are different. You may see someone as different but maybe you seem different to them. The truth is that we are all different, no one is the same. So, to one person someone may seem strange or different, but you are different also. 

So, what if they are different?
Just because they are, does not mean you have to avoid them 
or judge them or even put them down. 

The Bible says what we are supposed to be like   

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
(1 Peter 3:8)

Maybe you are the one that they say is different, avoided, and judged. It’s okay, as Christens we are supposed to be different from the world and we want to be different than the world because we are not of this world, this is not our home, we are citizens of heaven. So, let them see that you are different, let the whole world know that you are a “Hollow”.

But if you find that your personality is in sin and that you are different because of your sin, as the Bible says:

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
(1 John 1:5-7)

 We must change if our personality revolves around sin. That is not our true personality because God has a plan for us and it's not to revolve around sin.