When we start to question the behaviors of children, if we take the time we can often trace the behaviors to something that a child has seen or heard. Children imitate the examples that they see around them. Whether from the media or the "real" people in their lives, children are influenced and become imitators.
As children of God, we, too, are imitators. We can choose to imitate the evil or discord that we see around us in the world. However, we have a better option. When we disregard the actions and evil of the world and focus on God, we can imitate God's love and righteousness. We can be loved by God. We can feel His compassion. We can then imitate God's love and compassion as we interact with others!
As a child of God, be an imitator of His goodness, love, and compassion!
Thank You for showing me love and compassion. Help me to imitate You so I can share Your love and compassion with all those I encounter in my life. Through Jesus I pray, amen.