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I have a cat… We enjoy her much more than we thought we would. We have always had a dog and thought cats were pretty aloof.

Well, not this cat….we belong to her and she actually hugs us.  But…..it’s so annoying because she thinks extra love is a quick nip. So she bites us to say…I love you so much!

We are trying to train her differently but…she’s a cat.

But does it remind you of something? You know that friend …that kid… that co-worker…who does the annoying thing? So often we do not know how to respond appropriately to a situation. I’m embarrassed so I shoot back with criticism…and it zings. Or Something was a little too close for comfort, so I pull away. I don’t know how to say, “this once happened to me and left scars that leave me vulnerable and sensitive in this area.”  Or I know the things struggle with and when you get too close to seeing the truth, I will act ugly so you back off.

I don’t beat my cat (well, sometimes I spank at her and tell her “NO!”)  but I don’t throw her away, because I know she doesn’t know that her biting is not appropriate.

I wish we had more grace with each other. I wish I didn’t seriously dislike the kid who flies up my street in his car. He’s such a pain….but is he? Who is he on the inside? I don’t know.

Jesus said,  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

God, teach me how to do that when I don’t understand them. Teach me how to love beyond what I see.