Missing Puzzle Piece, Missing Person

PuzzlePieceMissingSmallWe just threw away a 500 piece puzzle after we and our grandchildren spent hours putting it together. Why throw it away? Because it wasn’t a 500 piece puzzle but a 499 piece puzzle; one piece was missing! The accompanying photo is a close-up of the area of the photo where the piece came up missing. What good is a puzzle with one piece missing? Not much good at all! Do you detect irritation in my words? Good! It’s intentional!

I wrote a novel, Kathryn’s Fountain. The main character, Kathryn, lived in an assisted living facility and, like several residents in most such facilities, she put together puzzles. She was called the puzzle lady. I had her say in the novel, “We’re all pieces of the big puzzle. Just be the piece you are so you’re doing your part to complete the picture.”

Each of us has been assigned by God a unique place in this world. There will never be another person just like us who is in exactly the same life situation that we are in. No one can take our place where God has placed us! This wonderful truth should make us feel valuable; it should also make us responsible! Each of us has a unique calling in life that no one else can fulfill.

There are five Ws in journalism that need to be answered in order for information to be communicated completely: who, what, where, when, why? They can be adopted and adapted for living life well.

Who? You!

What? God’s calling and will for you!

Where? The place you find yourself!

When? Now!

Why? Because God says so!

God’s putting together the large and grand picture of His plan and purpose. You and I are a piece of that picture, that puzzle. It’s up to us to make certain that we are open to and led by the Spirit of God to be who He wants us to be and to do what He wants us to do so there’s no glaring empty place where we’re supposed to be living out our lives for Him!

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)


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