Have you ever wondered where you fit or your life purpose?
At some point in our lives, we all wonder: “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?”
These questions lead to reflective times or “park bench” mile markers on our journey, where we sit and think about moments that led up to where we are today. Those lonely and isolated times can lead to quiet revelations with the Lord, where He reveals how valuable we truly are as He speaks to our hearts with His still, small voice.
As a mom, I seek God about my son's heart and always ask Him to breathe on his identity and worth… But, I have also realized that to help reinforce that with my son fully, I must first understand and receive that for myself. How can we draw from an empty well? How can we let someone know how loved and valuable they are by God if we are not truly believing and receiving that truth and personalizing these truths for ourselves, too?
In the crucial part of my children’s book, Where is the Missing Puzzle Piece?, we see the character Pete the Puzzle Piece sitting alone on the park bench, having an emotionally reflective turning point in his life as he is desperately trying to find his purpose. This moment is what I like to call a “journey post”, where he looks back at the steps that led him to this place to move forward with the plans and purposes God has uniquely designed just for him. I invite you to experience Pete’s inner dialogue,...This is an invitation to personalize it for yourself and use it to connect with your child's heart.
I sit on the lonely park bench…
Looking around with no one to be found
Thoughts swirling in my head.
How did I get here?
What brought me to this place?
Does anybody care?
What is my purpose?
So many thoughts…
So many questions…
Feeling purposeless and wanting
to find my place in this world
I must be here for a reason.
The only way forward is backward.
In this place, I must face the
lies that I have told myself.
In this place, I must believe
God's truths over my life.
I have to return to the beginning to
set the foundation for who God made me.
But before I do, with every ounce of
courage I have, I say to myself:
I am Pete from Jigsaw.
And, although I am a tiny puzzle piece
I am a very important part of the big picture.
God created me to do great things.
I, yes, I am packed full of purpose.
Here we go…
Now it’s your turn; proclaim this over yourself. Or better yet, download the Proclamation and Coloring Sheet below. Enjoy this with your child.