Archive for September, 2012

Hello and welcome to September. Summer is wrapping up…at least on the calendar…college football has begun its 2012 campaign, and school is back in session. Now, while this message is for all of us, God put the youth on my heart.

I don’t know about you, but I love puzzles. And I think it would be hard pressed to find anyone, anywhere, who has never been exposed to or put together a puzzle. The nature of a puzzle is quite simple. It is made up of numerous pieces of distinct shapes and imagery and when put together exactly where they were designed to reside, the pieces reveal the desired image or shape as intended by the puzzle’s designer. Let me tell you, there are some awesome puzzles, a whole lot more than when I was a kid, to include the double sided two-dimensional kind as well as three-dimensional puzzles of Egyptian Pyramids, the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, airplanes and aircraft carriers, even Fenway Park (Go Sox!), to name a few. And regardless of whether the puzzle is two dimensional or three, the concept is the same: Each piece has a specific spot in the puzzle. I’ve got an idea. Let’s look at God’s plan as an incredibly super-awesome puzzle and our lives as pieces of it. When you think about this in the scope of God’s plan, we all have a distinct purpose…calling…place in His plan…His puzzle.

Like it or not, God doesn’t provide us with a “top of the box” picture of His overall plan and how we “fit” into it. What we do know is that we are a hand crafted, one-of-a-kind creation that has been put on this earth at a specific time and place in history, with specific and distinct abilities and gifts for a purpose within God’s plan that only we can fulfill. How do I know? In Psalms 139:13-16(NIV), David writes, “For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them ever came to be.”

Let’s put this thing into perspective. David wasn’t talking to Joe Schmoe, the clay-mation figure builder guy. He was talking to and speaking of the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Creator of the heavens and the earth…the One who spoke the heavens and earth into being but wove together, with His own hands, you and me. We are a one-of-a-kind puzzle piece…created by the ultimate Designer. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another you…another me. That’s how. In other words, we all have a specific place in God’s puzzle. And, no matter how hard we might try and force a puzzle piece into a spot where it doesn’t fit, like trying to be something we’re not or what we may think others want, it becomes pretty obvious the piece is in the wrong spot. Here’s a perfect example. Remember that nice horse puzzle that we had as kids? You know the one…the gift we received from an elementary school Christmas party. Yeah, that one. It’s like trying to jam the round piece showing…well…let’s say the south end of the horse’s north bound direction into the square spot where the head should be. Get the picture? The key is not to allow the world and its lies and influences to mold and shape us but to allow God, the Master Designer, to shape and mold us into the people…the puzzle pieces…that He desires, so that we can fulfill the calling on our lives and experience all that He has in store for us…so that we’ll fit into His “perfect” puzzle.

Guys, I get it. The pressures to be what the world deems…desirable…in order to fit into its puzzle are powerful and everywhere. It’s in what we watch…look at…and hear. It’s in our conversations…who we hang with. The thing is, we decide what we watch…look at…and listen to. We choose the content and direction of our conversations…who we talk to and hang with. In other words, we have ultimate control in what we allow to shape us. If we will allow the Master Designer to shape us into the puzzle pieces that fit into His puzzle, and not the world’s, I guarantee your horse won’t be looking through the south end of its north bound direction. Until next time, keep it real…and Armor Up!

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