Friday, September 12, 2014

Finish the Puzzle

Have you ever started a 1,000 piece puzzle? It is overwhelming. You dump out all the tiny pieces and your first thought is "this is too much." You almost want to scoop all those itty pieces back into the box, close the lid, and stick it on a shelf in the closet. That's how it feels when we focus on the hurting people around us. Whether we are overseas, or in our own neighborhoods, we bump into too much need. It can be so overwhelming that we just shut down and shut it all out. But, what if you shift your perspective?

Instead of focusing on helping someone get all 1,000 pieces together (who has time for that?), what if you took time to see what they really need? Perhaps they just lost their lid. You know, the lid with the completed puzzle picture on it? Maybe they just need you to take them to God's Word to remind them of the completed picture. Another might just need you to help them get the edge pieces together-- to give them a starting place. For others, you might have the privilege of putting the final piece in as they take off into God's life for them. 

What I'm saying is, just take it one person at a time. You don't have to be their savior. Jesus already filled that role. You just have to get involved. Getting involved might look like this:

Or this:

Or this:

It might mean a meal, a hug, an encouraging text reminding them of who they are in Christ, being silly and laughing with them, and on and on. Love takes many forms. Involvement takes many forms. Do what you can. Don't shut it out. 

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