Sponsor: hbkswealth.com/staff/anthony-j-scrocco/ Jn 10:14 I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. Jn 8:12 I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.
When Kyle was just a little guy, he used to love watching "Thomas, the Tank Engine". For those of you who never raised a son, never babysat a nephew or friend's boy, or who currently reside under a rock, "Thomas" is a fictional steam locomotive born of the "Railway Series" books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher.
Though the books were originally published in 1945 (and in the several years that followed since there are several), "Thomas" gained fame as one of when the books were converted into an animated television series for children in 1984. Little "Thomas" and his buddies have been delighting audiences and teaching kindness, friendship, and general morality lessons on the airwaves ever since.
One of my favorite episodes was when Thomas was being rather rude to his friend "Terrence the Tractor" by mocking his caterpillar tracks for being "funny looking" and chiding Terrence for not running on wheels like Thomas. The installment is titled, obviously, "Don't judge a book by its cover." And, hard as it is to believe in America in 2019, the humans are still breaking that rule i.e. stereotyping based on appearance.
Of course, in some instances, it's harmless; even helpful. Such as, in selecting meats from the deli case or when buying clothing or something of a little more substance, investment-wise, such as, say, a house. Sure, you're going to want to do a deeper dive on that last one, but if your initial reaction to a casa is, EW, you may just want to move onto the next selection, yes?
No, it's when we make these snap judgments about the other homosapiens that we're being unfair. Come on, people, really? We haven't learned by now that the greatest man to ever walk the earth had long locks, lots of facial hair, and wore the equivalent of flip-flops (Jesus of Nazareth) while one of the worst monsters in modern history was a clean-cut, charming, and attractive law student? (Ted Bundy ringing any bells?)
Stop the silliness. Just do what they tell you in my fave Thomas installment:
"Don't judge a book by its cover; Don't make your mind up too soon. Things aren't necessarily always what they appear to be. Don't judge a book by its cover; Just remember the rule: Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never judge a book by its cover!"
Do NOT make me come to your house and sing because a) I can't carry a tune and b) It's a great message but the song gets annoying, Capisce?
#LoveOneAnother #Pray #Peace
P.S. Happy Birthday to the world's best Pop; love you always, Dad!