Peace family, no matter where I go, I am always finding cat hair. I could be at work, I could be out of town, I could be on vacation a thousand miles away, and I still find cat hair on my clothes and in my stuff. This makes sense, considering I live with two cats and don’t vacuum as much as I ought to, but it got me to thinking about spiritual and emotional cling-ons.
What you do in the privacy of your home and closest relationships, good or bad, affects other areas of your life. As my co-host Brian likes to say, “What happens in Vegas, does NOT stay in Vegas.” Habits, behaviors and issues that seem confined to one aspect of your life can’t help but affect other areas, because they follow you wherever you go.
This can be really positive. When I have victory in one area, it rubs off on other areas. If I am living in contentment and able to trust God with the deeper issues, it is easier for me to trust him in the small day-to-day problems and conflicts that come up. On the other hand, if I am believing a lie or struggling with, for example, self-discipline, I will struggle not only with getting my housework done or going to bed on time, but also getting to work on time, keeping commitments I’ve made to others, and eating that extra piece of chocolate.
All of this to say, if you are finding negative “cat hairs” in your life and don’t know why you are doing certain things that you don’t want to be doing, why not take a little time to examine what else might be the cause? Pray and read the Bible, talk with a friend you trust, journal, go to Celebrate Recovery, just do something that examines the root cause, because you will benefit greatly in the long run. Before you know it, your life will be full of positive “cat hairs.” But anyway, I better go take care of some vacuuming… 😉
Just a few thoughts from your friendly neighborhood Kat.