Me and Mr. Kitty

Hey, girls! Today I thought I’d tell you about my cat . . . and the valuable lessons Mr. Kitty’s teaching me.

Most of the time I really, really enjoy him. I love it when he jumps up on the piano bench and curls his fat body next to me as I’m playing the piano. I love it when he greets me first thing in the morning by rubbing up against my legs.

But sometimes he makes me really mad! Like the times he throws up his kitty food on the carpet. Or the times he wakes me up in the middle of the night scratching on my door. And then there’s his awful kitty breath . . . (why on earth hasn’t someone created kitty toothpaste by now?!).

All that to say, if you heard this “sweet girl” (that’s me!) angrily raising her voice and saying “NO!” to her cat, you wouldn’t think I was so sweet. When I raise my voice like that, I’m reminded of just how much yuckiness there really is inside me. And then I think about the future, and how if God ever gives me the gift of a husband and kids I’ll often be tempted to raise my voice at them like that.

So crazy as it sounds, I often tell my kitty I’m sorry. I don’t want to get in the habit of yelling at others, even if it’s only my cat!

How about you? Where are you seeing ugliness coming out—even if it doesn’t seem that important? How can you repent of that whenever it happens?

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on

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