Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.Proverbs 4:23
Our neighbor’s cat, Peanut Butter (she’s the same color), likes to come over to our house and taunt our dogs through the glass patio door. She stretches out on the welcome mat, leans against the glass and preens herself like a primadonna. Of course, Sami and Cooper respond with snarls and growls from inches away inside.
Well, recently, the three of them almost met up for real! Peanut Butter also likes to come into the garage every time the door opens. Luckily, I’ve always caught her in the act and put her back out. But the other day she got past me somehow and became trapped in the garage, setting up a potential “cat”astrophe.
Luckily, the dogs wanted to go out at about the same time, heading through another glass patio door to the backyard. Meanwhile, I went back through the garage to get some gardening tools, inadvertently letting our feline friend into the laundry room. The next thing I know, I hear my wife screaming, “Peanut Butter is in the house!” I’m thinking, “Of course it is! We buy a jar every Saturday.” But I came around the corner and there she was, INSIDE the house, flicking her tail mischievously and peering OUT the patio door!
As luck would have it, the puppies weren’t even paying attention. I was able to extract Peanut Butter from the house without further incident.
This comedy of errors brings to mind an alarming fact: the misguided influences of this fallen world are particularly invasive. From the television above the mantle, to the phone in my pocket, there are plenty of ways to let unwelcome thoughts and things into the house.
Evil is so pervasive in our society most people are anesthetized to it. So what’s a God fearing person to do? Here are a few thoughts:
- Meet up with God every day: Most of us bathe daily, eat daily, and sleep daily, why not prayer and Bible study?
- Turn off the tech: Lately, I’ve gotten into the most delightful habit: everything with a screen gets turned off after 8 p.m.
- Tune out: Frankly, 90% of what happens in the world is of little interest to me. It’s amazing how much you can ignore and still live happily.