Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lessons Learned From a Jigsaw Puzzle

By Steve Higginbotham

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  (Ephesians 4:15–16).
1. When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return (compare Mark 6:31). 
2. Be sure to look at the big picture (John 4:35). Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.
3. Don’t force a fit (Philippians 2:4). 
4. Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece (Exodus 23:29). 
5. When one spot stops working, move to another (Ecclesiastes 11:6). But be sure to come back later (see #4). 
6. The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook (2 Pet 1:3). 
7. Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting (Acts 10:34-35). 
8. Working together with friends and family makes any task fun (Nehemiah 3:1-32). 
9. Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order (Proverbs 22:6). 
10. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations (Luke 5:4). Some matches are surprising. 
11. Take time often to celebrate your successes—even little ones (Philippians 4:4). 
12. Anything worth doing takes time and effort.
13. A great puzzle can’t be rushed (Gal. 6:9).

- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at Copyright © 2017 MercEmail 

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