A new challenge. The tingling in your fingertips as they slide around the crisp edges of the cardboard. The mound of almost identical pieces defying your capacity to coax them into a work of art.
For the adepts, a brand-new puzzle is all that and more. Until tragedy strikes.
It could have been the dog, the cat, or the baby for all you know. A piece is missing.
That is exactly what we are: a great puzzle with one glaring defect. There's a God-shaped hole smack dab in the middle of our beautiful lives.
But it's not exactly a defect, either. It's more like God's door into our life - the crack in our human perfection that lets us aspire to something bigger.
When all of the pieces are down, it's very clear where the hole is: our heart.
What we set our heart on - what we WANT - is the driving force behind everything we think, say, and do, and the reason behind our end-of-the-day frustrations. We all want happiness and we never get it. Too often we look in the wrong places and take the wrong turns. Even when we've tried our hardest, done our best, and come out ahead... something is always missing.
Wanting happiness isn't the same as having it. There's a step-by-step process that takes us from good will one moment to yelling at our hubby or kids the next.
-I want to be happy.
2. CONCRETE HAPPINESS
-Some peace and quiet will make me happy.
3. HOW TO GET IT RIGHT NOW
-Watching TV ALONE gives me that moment of peace and quiet.
-BE QUIET! GO TO YOUR ROOM!
Goodbye peace. Goodbye quiet.
Those four steps - the ingredients of every decision - all border on the missing piece. The key is understanding how God can link into each one, completing the picture and taking us from being the problem to being a source of light and grace for others.
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