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9 Lives and Counting!

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We have an incredible cat! Teddy is his name. He's now 18 years old and apart from a few health issues he's still going strong and looking very well for his age :-)

He's been through a lot you know! We have been re-located three times within two years a little while ago, which would have been enough to shorten the life of a normal cat considerably ... but he's still with us! He's had a few operations recently which can be risky for an old cat ... but he's still with us! Earlier this year he even had a stroke from which he recovered very well ... and is still with us! We think that he has probably used up his nine lives and is borrowing a few from the cat next door :-)

How is he managing to live so well against all odds? 

Well, he doesn't actually have a care in all the world because someone else is taking care of all his needs. He is protected, homed, fed, and groomed every day. He is a much loved part of the family. He's quite possibly a bit like a child who is cared for by loving parents.

A child doesn't have to care or worry about a thing because all of its needs are or rather should be met. A child ought to be loved and protected and know it! A little one can probably teach us something about the kind of faith that God is looking for in us more than we could ever learn anywhere else.

The love of God is infinitely greater than we could ever comprehend and He: 

"... Commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5: 8.

What an amazing demonstration of love this is! None of us deserve to be loved like that but we are because God has chosen to do so. Therefore, what should be our response to what He has done in the sinner's place? The Bible has the answer to this:

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ..."Acts 16: 31
"God ... now commandeth all men every where to repent." Acts 17: 30

Sin is a serious business and needs to be acknowledged before God who is holy and it needs to be repented of if ever we are to avail ourselves of the forgiveness and Salvation procured by the death of Christ.

Sometimes we have a tendency to complicate things when it comes to having a saving faith enough to assure our sins will be forgiven and to give us the knowledge that all is well with our soul. However, the Lord Jesus tells us of the kind of faith, belief or trust that He is looking for is like that of a little child. (See Mark 10: 14-15.) It is an unquestioning, untroubled and complete resting faith in someone bigger than us to take care of all our needs. When it comes to the saving of our souls, who bigger than God could we ever go to?

As for our everyday lives on our heaven bound journey, our faith and trust in Him ought to be unquestioning as well. After all if we have trusted Him with our soul for eternity, couldn't we completely trust Him with our lives, and live a life of value to God? And let us remember that unlike cats who have 'nine lives', we only have one! Someone once said that life is like a coin which can be spent anyway we like - but we can only spend it once! Once we're gone we can't come back and do it again!

And as for the life and well being of Teddy our cat, we'll keep on taking care of him for the rest of his days and I will always be in the wonder of the trust of a little animal in our care. Thank God for these wonderful lessons of faith I see lived out before my eyes each day <3


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