If you haven’t yet seen the story of six-year-old Jaden Hayes, watch it now. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. Seriously. Do it now. Click here.
Stunning, isn’t it? In the face of incredible loss Jaden followed an inner nudge to put the needs of others before his own. Perhaps Jaden knows one of the great mysteries of God’s Kingdom: that the way to feel fully alive is to give yourself away for others. That’s a lot of wisdom for a six-year-old.
I find it remarkable that one of the first things that David did as king was to bring the Ark of the Covenant back into the center of the community. It was both a physical and symbolic way of saying, “I may be king, but this is God’s Kingdom.” And David was so filled with joy to put God at the center of the kingdom that he and the people of God danced with utter abandon.
Putting God and others before ourselves is both counter-cultural and counter-intuitive. “Mine” is the human default. “Thine” is the nudge of the Spirit. One leads to deadness of soul. The other leads to aliveness.
How is God nudging you to move today from “mine” to “thine”? With your time? With your attention? With your money? Whatever it is, take a step of faith today. Experience for yourself how putting God and others first will give birth to new aliveness in you.
Jeff Marian is lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.