Recently, off the coast of North Carolina, a six year old girl was bitten twice by a shark. Thankfully, the girl is fine and after a few weeks of healing – she’ll be back to her normal self.
But, the lesson to be learned is in how she reacted. A few days after the attack, while recovering from the ordeal, the little 6 year old girl told her mother; “I don’t care that the shark bit me, I forgive him.”
In a world where people sue someone at the drop of a hat, and the slightest inconveniencing someone on a highway leads to road rage – we could learn a LOT from this little girl. Too many people in this world only care about 3 things. 1. ME, 2. MYSELF, and 3. I. And we are “programmed” by the news, media, and entertainment of our day to think that everything is all about US – that we deserve this or that.
The ONLY true happiness and joy that can be found in this life is when we learn it’s NOT about us – it’s about Jesus and others.
Now, “forgiving” a shark for biting us might be a cute little story of a six year old girl’s innocent outlook on life – but in that story is a HUGE lesson we all could learn. The next time (well, in fact everytime) someone does something rude, mean, or hateful to us – why not just forgive them and go on. Or better yet, why not react with kindness towards them.
Remember – Life is what YOU make it, and the impact YOU have on the world around you!