Fits Together
Off the Wall, May 22
, 2014

When you think of it, life is like a puzzle. Every act that we commit is in and of itself a culmination of pieces that make up the whole picture.

Let’s lay out the day and segment it into parts. One may initially start out by cutting it into quarters, but then realize there are only a few sections that could easily be fitted together that, of course, would not be a puzzle at all.

Taking those same quarter divisions, let’s hack them into various shapes and sizes some patterned concavely and other convex. Isn’t that how a puzzle should look like anyway? Now we have the makings of something we can piece back together to form the overall picture – a project that may take days or even weeks.

So, where does one start?

First, we have to realize that life is a jumbled box of pieces. In order for each of us to make sure we can secure all pieces in proper alignment, we have to approach each piece and study it making sure we use it wisely and not try to jam two pieces together just because we are eager to complete the layout regardless as to how it may look.

The great thing about a puzzle is that the methodology employed will determine how quickly the project is completed.

Let’s say one-quarter of the overall picture is morning-related. As stated before, every act that one commits is a piece of the puzzle. If the plans were laid out the night before, then what clothes one will wear, breakfast food will be eaten, when prayers and scriptures will be read will all have well-rounded extensions to each piece. In contrast, if one falls out of bed, throws on dirty clothes, and downs a cup of coffee and that’s all, each piece will look very ugly. Each will have more concave or curved-inward indentations formed by the unsightly characteristics that make up the parts of this segment.

Planning ahead will always prove to be of asset. If driving, maybe leaving for work one hour ahead of what one may consider a departure time will result in a nicely shaped piece. On the contrary are the ‘late-leavers,’ those who jump in their vehicles, and will speed to their destination. The pieces still fit, but their overall appearances have, as noted above, ugly shapes.

The second quarter of the puzzle is formed – lunch time to work dismissal. Those who brought their meals to work may have them balanced, with carbs, proteins, veggies and a fruit as a dessert. On the flipside are morsels unwrapped that were designed by those who depended on coin operated machines such as candy bars, chips and soda or coffee. Just as the pieces, the people have to join forces. How the picture or day is put together is irrelevant to some, just so it works. But really it need not be ugly.

Who will be anxious to do his work timely, religiously and methodically are those who have the nicest looking pieces. Those on the other side of the coin will act hasty, be apathetic and sloppy.

When it’s time to go home, dedicated individuals may wait until the anxious leave first. The latter’s pieces are ill-formed while the relaxed employees are well-cut and easily recognizable.

Not having many pieces left to complete the puzzle, one may pick out a nicely-shaped one first to begin the third section. This represents the individuals who planned their evening meals, after dinner activities, and possibly family time together. Those opposing may have hastened to a fast food outlet for a quick meal, raced home with it, scurried to a favorite couch, lounging in front of the TV for hours. Taking a walk as opposed to hanging out on street corners may shape different parts.

Finally, going to bed versus staying up late definitely shapes the final segment. Those who choose godly activities and not demonic adventures will paint prettier pieces for the puzzle.

In conclusion, if life is like a puzzle, than our daily acts should reflect doing God’s will of doing good so all our deeds point to something colorful and not ill-faded. It is sin that fades and discolors. Really, life is not a puzzle at all if we know that we ought be walking as the Word of Our Lord teaches us to do so. It’s that simple, isn’t it?


- Paul J. Volkmann
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