The story is told of a devout Christian who had a cat and used to spend several minutes each day at prayer and meditation in his bedroom.  He read a portion of Scripture and a devotional book, followed by a period of silent meditation and prayer.  As time went on, his prayers became longer and more intense.  

   He came to cherish this quiet time in his bedroom, but his cat came to like it, too.  She would cozy up to him, purr loudly, and rub her furry body against him.  This interrupted the man's prayer time, so he put a collar around the cat's neck and tied her to the bedpost whenever he wanted to be undisturbed while at prayer.  This didn't seem to upset the cat, and it meant that the man could meditate without interruption.  

   Over the years, the daughter of this devout Christian had noted how much his devotional time had meant to him.  When she began to establish some routines and patterns with her own family, she decided she should do as her father had done.  Dutifully she, too, tied her cat to the bedpost and then proceeded to her devotions.  But time moved faster in her generation and she couldn't spend as much time at prayer as did her father.  

   The day came when her son grew up and wanted to make sure that he preserved some of the family traditions which had meant so much to his mother and his grandfather.  But the pace of life had quickened all the more and there simply was no time for such elaborate devotional proceedings.  So he eliminated the time for meditation, Bible reading, and prayer.  But in order to carry on the religious tradition, each day while he was dressing he tied the family cat to the bedpost.  

   As followers of Christ, our lives are dedicated to being devoted to Jesus.  Having the name Christian demands living a life of faith and substance.  When the church in Thessalonica was in the midst of intense suffering, the apostle Paul wrote, "Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12  NKJV)  

   Take time today to evaluate your daily walk with Christ.  Are you living a life of substance or simply going through the motions, are you spending time with the Father or just tying your cat to the bedpost?


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