Yes. This is a real-and this cat really did this to himself. This poor Tom cat apparently crawled into our dumpster and found some choice dining. Crazy. While sporting his new attire-he crashed into buildings--flopped--flipped--rolled--jumped in a futile attempt to rid himself of his newly found identity. (...it was actually pretty funny!!) And folks-the jar wasn't coming off no matter what that cat tried. Tommy needed some outside help if he was going to ever catch the next meal. It took 3 attempts by Keri to get this face mask off of this furry feline. I am proud to say--he appears normal and probably is busy re-populating our neighborhood. (sorry.) And yes-he still is snacking in our dumpster--hopefully a bit more wisely.
Identity. We all chase something that will define us...make us unique...always wanting to be different than everyone else. WE want to matter. A passion. A mission. A calling. A testimony. You name it. We chase it whether it is good or bad.
" We try to control our image, since what is inside feels impossible to fix."
~Jennie Allen (Chase)That is true--and...most of the time we end up looking just as ridiculous as my dumpster diving cat.
We dig around in the worldly dumpsters hoping for a morsel to satisfy.
We get a taste of something...something yummy...and then we are stuck.
We can't move like we are meant to move.
A wrong identity gives us a dangerous world view.
Our vision is blocked-we are on a collision course...and if we keep it up long enough...it could kill us.
Unless we have outside Help.
Maybe if we could grasp what transpired at the cross--we wouldn't be so inspired to chase the wind.
Transformation only happens when I begin to grasp the depth that Love had to go to save this sinner.
"For those of us who know Christ, we stand on the unchanging reality that we have been so loved by our God that He purchased us with the blood of His Son. See, we have worth, but it doesn't come from within us--it comes to us from the One who made us." ~Jennie Allen (Chase)
I walked away from Tommy with a profound thought.
I can just be me.
I don't need to be someone else.
I look pretty stupid when I chase after things that are a temporary fix.
I don't define me. God does.
Ephesians 1:1-6 says that I am
All because of what Jesus did for me.
God is for you.
He is not against you.
AND I AM ON FIRE!
I AM CHASING MY GOD!
I AM CHASING HIS IDENTITY FOR ME!
AND BOY IS IT A BEAUTIFUL SOUND...CAN YOU HEAR HIM CALLING YOU TODAY?
Drops in the Ocean by Hawk Nelson
Crank up the tunes and praise
Him for who He is!
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