See the world through the innocent eyes of a child when life gets in the way. While we transform from children to adults, we lose our vision through rose colored glasses. If you notice children in the playground, they don't care what color, clothes, possessions, toys etc that other children have. They just associate and play with gusto and without prejudice.
Because life happens to us as we get older, we start seeing and experiencing pain, suffering, and other negative factors and begin to form our own personalities. Most of us, that is. Not included in this group are people who see others with love, with compassion, understanding and a kind heart. Worse yet, we pass the negative on to our children, perhaps more than we even realize. Children watch their role models and become as bitter, demanding, and soul-less as who they see, without a clear understanding as to why.
Jesus had the world in His hands when He was manifested in the world. He could have used His powers and forces to shun and annihilate evil, but instead He handled them with so much love and humility, even when He, a blameless and perfect man, was scourged, beaten, slashed and mocked. This is the example He shows us. Pretty overkill wasn't it. Did you ever wonder why?
The why is because He knows that we can't endure even half of what He did because we are human. And sinners. But if we had even an ounce of compassion as He had, an ounce of forgiveness, an ounce of sympathy, we are already growing in the Spirit. And the more we do it, the closer we get to God.
The little girl in the painting is tickled pink from watching the penguin. There is so much innocence in her that she doesn't even see the danger a wild animal could do to her, all she sees is a wonderful creature before her.
It wouldn't hurt for us to give others the benefit of the doubt sometimes, remove the hate, selfishness and jealousy from our hearts and begin to genuinely be happy for others who succeed and pray for those who hurt others, and of course for our own hearts to learn to love one another. Practice makes perfect.
Until my next rant... Love you, mean it!