I was doing a puzzle with my 4 year old – you know, the kind that doesn’t really have “notches” and is just where you have to place them together and hope no one bumps your table!! As we were doing this puzzle, I sat back and realized how many life lessons were being brought to my mind:
Lesson 1 – Strong foundation: As with any puzzle, it’s important that we do the outside boarders first. That represents our foundation in life. We need to set a strong foundation on the Lord, or the rest of the puzzle (of life) just won’t make much sense. There will be nothing to hold us together if our boarders aren’t set.
Lesson 2 – Turn them over: If we can’t see the pieces, it can be very difficult to know what we have to work with. This goes for our lives as well. We have to have a good perspective on things and have a clear picture of everything in order to know how to best deal with situations. Good and bad.
Lesson 3 – Look at the box: This was the recurring theme of doing this puzzle. Because there are not really “notches” it was a HARD puzzle. The only way a 4 year old would know where the states belong is to look at a guide. To have a plan in front of her and to follow that plan. As much as she wanted to put California over on the East coast – I had to remind her to look at the box, and see where it belonged! Isn’t that life? We often want to put our plans where WE think they should go instead of looking to God and His word for the clear placement. Or we think we know better, or we guess at how things should go – but if we would simply FOCUS up and “look at the box” – look to HIM – we will be able to work in our lives with less frustration!
Lesson 4 – Support matters: I felt my role during this puzzle putting activity was to redirect her, but more importantly to support her and cheer her on with every piece she got correct! When we are surrounded by people who cheer us on and support us in life – we are much more apt to continue on our path and feel confident in our journey! Support matters!
Lesson 5 – The missing piece: As with most puzzles at our house, we got to the end and there was ONE piece missing. One. Yes, that can be a bit frustrating!! Especially when you are 4 years old and you have worked really hard on the puzzle! We looked in the box, we looked on the ground, and it was no where to be found! At that moment by 8 year old came in and said – oh, I know where that piece is! And she looks in the drawer to pull it out!! Yippiee!! It had been found. Isn’t that like our lives? We can have it nearly all together, but sometimes still feel like we are missing something!! Usually that is our focus on the Lord – when we feel like something is missing….let’s focus UP!
Lesson 6 – Destroying the puzzle: So, my 2 year old felt the need to jump on the finished puzzle!! As you can imagine – that didn’t go well with my 4 year old. But it also brought me to realize that sometimes our lives are rocking along just fine and here comes something bad, or hard, or difficult and it feels like someone is jumping on our puzzle of life!! Satan likes to work in these situations and he wants to destroy the good things that are built in our lives. We have a choice – we can either give up and stall out. Or we can decide to rebuild the puzzle of our lives by “looking at the box” and focusing UP on the Lord to help us through!!
So, wherever you are in the building of your puzzle of life, I pray that these lessons bless you as they did me as I applied them to my own life!! Keep building, keep focusing UP, keep remembering that YOU are worth it!
P31 Fitness Founder