Doing My Part

Clive, my 23-pound tabby hunk of feline love, teaches me life lessons every day. I thought it was high time that I shared his words with you.


I, Clive the Cat, do my part to be useful, entertaining and loving to my parents. I don’t know why I do what I do—I’m just a cat, after all. But today I’d thought I’d share with you what I do. My mom seems to find some kind of lesson from everything—I’m kind of glad she has someone else to talk about them too now.

I am a bookstand. When my parents get up in the morning, they read devotional books and the Bible. I like to be right in the middle of the action, and their laps are only big enough for either the books or for me. So, what’s our solution? They lay the books on my back. As long as they scratch under my chin when they read, I am totally fine with it. I love hearing their voices as they read, pray and learn.

I bow my head and cross my paws in prayer. As my parents pray, I lower my head and cross my. That’s what they do, and I want to be like them, so I imitate them. I humble myself with them, and I usually wait until they are done before I get up.

I come running when I am called. This behavior is unlike most other felines, so I am told. When I hear my parent’s say my name, I can’t help but running to them. I love jumping onto their laps and letting them pet me. I love their companionship.

I have much more to say, but it is time for one of my naps. I think I’ll elaborate on the other ways I “do my part” in days to come.

Applications for life and business

How do you provide foundational support (like a bookstand) to others in your household, business or community in the midst of activities that they have orchestrated? Are you patient and helpful as you wait until its time for you to do something that may be more beneficial to you?

Spiritual Insights

Are you taking the time necessary to listen and let God lead into something that is bigger than you? Is he telling you to be still? Or is He saying that its time to get up and run? If you are not sure, ask him to quiet your mind as you wait for an answer.

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV).


Loral, Clive’s mom, is a professional writer and editor who helps authors and businesses get whatever message is in their heads out to their target audiences. If you need help crafting a creative campaign, evaluating your content or completing a book, blog or other materials, check out her services at