Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.
My girls grew up with Disney. Being girls, it was always the Disney heroines which had their attention: Belle, Ariel, Jasmyn, Mulan, and of course, Cinderella and Snow White. But it was when we started putting Disney character puzzles together that I made an important discovery: with the obvious exception of the “ethnic” differences, all the princesses’ faces looked the same. So if you are putting together a puzzle and you have the piece that shows just the face, it doesn’t tell you much about which puzzle you have. Is it Cinderella or Aurora? Is it Belle or Ariel? No way to tell…not without the other pieces.
Isn’t that always the case with puzzles? There are some pieces which end up being critical to finding out what the picture is and then there are pieces which do not end up helping that much, like the piece at the very bottom right hand corner that has the words “Milton Bradley” on it…doesn’t really tell us much about the picture.
Putting together the puzzle which is God’s will for your church on a given issue is like that. We all bring a piece to the table. We would each like to think that our particular piece is critical to this picture, that it will determine the big picture for the whole church. We each examine our individual piece and begin extrapolating and speculating about what the big picture must surely be: “I have the most important piece, the one that tells the entire story…this must be a picture of Milton Bradley!” Then, when we begin looking at all the other pieces and see how far off our own piece is from the big …