At 6 years old, he lost both of his parents. A devastating loss. But little Jaden Hayes wasn't about to give in to being sad all the time. He was heartbroken and he noticed that everyone around him seemed really sad too. So Jaden set out on a mission... to make others smile.
Armed with a collection of little toys like dinosaurs and balls, Jaden hit the streets where he lived and looked for people who weren't smiling and gave them a little toy, because little toys always made him smile. Maybe it would work for other people too.
And it did. I bet even reading about what he did makes you smile. And I bet watching the video of his story will make you smile even more and remind you how easy it can be to lift up the spirits of those around us.
Jaden didn't know it but he just stumbled into a spiritual truth. One of the ways we can participate in healing our own hurting hearts is to comfort others who are hurting. We become less self-focused, and in giving to others what we need, we share in the comfort of God. Surely, Jaden didn't know how much his kindness to others would help his own pain, but God knows. Pray for this sweet little boy and his family and be inspired!
Who could you make smile today?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4: "Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."