"Mom, are we going to get the new kitties this week?" Serena squealed in anticipation.
"Yeah!" Cole jumped up and down. "I can't wait much longer!"
Mom laughed. "Now that you mention it, kids...they will be here in about an hour! But I need to let you both know something." Mom's voice rose above the excited shouts. "These cats have eye problems. The woman who has been taking care of them told
me no one wanted them because of it. I have not seen a picture yet, so I don't know how bad it is. I just want you both to be aware. They won't look like any cats you would see at a pet store, and we will have to give them medicine every day."
"Will they ever get better, Mom?" Serena asked.
Mom sighed. "I don't know, sweetie. But I do know they are very sweet kittens. They are sisters, and the woman wanted them to stay together and go to a good home with people who will love and care for them regardless of how they look."
"I don't care how they look, Mom!" Serena spoke with conviction. "I just want to take good care of them!"
"I know you both will," Mom said with a smile.
Cole handed Mom a bag of cat food. "You know, I bet the way we're going to see our new cats is kind of like how God sees people. No one is perfect--we all have problems. But God loves us anyway."
Serena nodded to her big brother. "Cole's right! And we will love them because they're our kitties--not because of what they look like or what they can do."
Mom blinked back tears. "They need us, just like we need Jesus to heal us with His love. We are so precious in His eyes."
"I don't care what our cats' eyes look like, Mom. I just want to love them and take care of them--the way Jesus cares for us," Cole said softly.
"Me too, kids." Mom gave her children a squeeze. "Now, let's finish setting up our cat paradise!" Savannah ColemanHOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever thought about how Jesus sees you and other people? He does not focus on our imperfections or our scars. Instead, He accepts us just as we are and heals us with His love. In turn, we should look at others the same way so we can share His love with them. How can you practice seeing others with the eyes of Jesus today?
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)