Okay, so picture five girls ages 9 and 10 having a sleepover in your house. Then add Livi to the mix. The decibels of their squeals of laughter was off the charts. We girls went to the grocery store to buy every kind of junk food imaginable. We bought unicorn cake, candy bars, cookies, chips, gum, chicken strips (healthy?) and ice-cream cake, too! They even requested the grocery store write “Girls Night Out” on the cake.
The girls were having the time of their life. They blew up balloons, created videos, talked about boys and had tons and tons of laughter. It was a perfect night. Then we cut the cake.
We sang “happy girls night to us, happy girls night to us, happy girls night to all of us, happy girls night to us” to the tune of Happy Birthday. We even lit candles, all of them in the box, and collectively blew them out. There’s no telling how much spit ended up on that cake in that moment. Anyhow, the girls then cut the cake. And, as a natural response to a nine-year-old kid getting cake, they each wanted to pick which piece they got and what size of cut it should be. All except one that is.
One girl offered all the cake slices to the other girls first. She sacrificed which slice she wanted to put the desires of others first. It melted my heart to see her example of sacrificial love for others.
“So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew 20:16) God sent his son to be last for us. He died on the cross for our sins, so that we could be put first.
Who can you put first today? Your husband? Your co-worker? Your kids? If you are the only example of Christ that they see, what kind of God do they see? Look for ways to be intentional in putting others first so that they can experience the love of Christ.
Philippians 2:3-4 – Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Matthew 20:26-27 – It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave.
John 3:30 – He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.