When you see the photo of an adorable, 100% cute child you think of the wonders the child brings to the world. When he is your child, and you meet him at 1AM for a quick diaper change and handoff to Mom a few other thoughts run through your tired mind about the same child.
Nothing good in life comes free. Nothing great comes without great cost and sacrifice. This is not only true of life, but of the path we need to take to heaven.
Jesus lived a hard life, and so did his disciples. He even had friends he loved suffer and die! He was our king, and died a painful death on a cross he carried on his shoulders after a brutal set of beatings. Yet despite these facts, I think most people imagine Christ in his gloriously transformed body by default. A transfigured body he only obtained by passing through the painful death on a tree.
So the next time you see 100% cuteness, don’t forget the work it takes to get there. Also know the moment of glory is worth every sacrifice it took to make a glimpse of heaven on earth.