1 Corinthians 9: 24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Yikes! Does that mean if I don’t win the race, I won’t please God? It’s crucial to remember God’s ways our not our ways. My idea of winning the race is about money, prestige, and other earthly things, but the good news is that’s not how God defines success. I believe God defines success as loving him with all our heart, our mind, our body, and our soul.
God created each of us differently with different strengths and weaknesses. He doesn’t expect me to be the best singer in church because he sure didn’t create me to be that! But I should still do the best that I can do in that situation and every situation.
In other words we should live a life of excellence–doing the best we can in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
To do that we certainly need a spiritual frame but at some point we need to start discovering the other pieces of our unique puzzle that God created us to complete. From a spiritual point of view, I’m not sure if we ever really complete the spiritual frame for our life puzzle. There’s always more to learn but we need to start living what we’re learning. That’s what putting the puzzle pieces together is all about.
When we buy a puzzle, we see the finished picture on the outside of the box. We like the way it looks but….once we get it home and open it, it’s a whole different story. We want the finished picture but we might not want to take the time and effort to put the pieces together. There really aren’t any shortcuts to putting a puzzle together. It’s piece by piece by piece.
The same can be said spiritually.
Putting the puzzle pieces together is about living life on a daily basis with God at the center. When we do life with God it becomes all out our attitudes and our actions. We can’t just have a wonderful attitude and no actions. On the other hand we can just have good actions with a poor attitude.
Attitudes + Actions = Living life in a godly way. Life with God is an adventure but it’s not necessarily an easy one. But then again, nothing worthwhile ever is!
This devotion was adapted from Devotions from Puzzle House by Lillian Duncan