Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned from a Jigsaw Puzzle

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1. When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return (compare Mark 6:31).
2. Be sure to look at the big picture (John 4:35). Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.
3. Don’t force a fit (Philippians 2:4).
4. Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece (Exodus 23:29).
5. When one spot stops working, move to another (Ecclesiastes 11:6). But be sure to come back later (see #4).
6. The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook (2 Peter 1:3).
7. Variety is the spice of life. It’s the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting (Acts 10:34-35).
8. Working together with friends and family makes any task fun (Nehemiah 3:1-32).
9. Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order (Proverbs 22:6).
10. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations (Luke 5:4). Some matches are surprising.
11.Take time often to celebrate your successes—even little ones (Philippians 4:4).
12. Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can’t be rushed (Galatians 6:9).

Steve Higginbotham
Knoxville, TN

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