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The missing piece

I am a firm believer that every one of us have a gift. We are all destined to do something in life that no one else could ever do. Even if we did our best to imitate somebody else’s gift we could never quite deliver like they do. Each one of us are uniquely created and strategically gifted and placed to do just one thing and do it like no one else could.

I recently read the story about an eighty-six year old man named Jack Harris. It took him more than five-hour a day for eight years to complete a 5 ft jigsaw puzzle of James Tissot’s painting “The Prodigal Son” – only to find out that there was a missing piece. He looked for that piece but it was nowhere to be found. See, the piece was accidentally thrown away and the thought of not completing the puzzle left Jack really sad. Fortunately, the manufacturer heard Jack’s story about the missing piece and graciously custom-made that piece for him to complete building the puzzle.


There is a song that only you could write, sing and perform because nobody else but you could. There is a book that only you could  write, a job that no other person could do like you do. There is a soul that needs to hear the glad tidings of Jesus and God has uniquely positioned you to meet that person. There is a child that needs a home, a mother who could love and care like nobody else and God is waiting for you to make a move.

Until now, you have been the missing piece.

Fact is our world will never be a better place without the gift that The Lord has given you. You will be doing the world a disservice if you fail to fulfill your life’s call. You will be depriving someone of the smile, the laughter, and the joy that only you can bring, if you fail to step up and assume your God-given role.

Companies will fail, Churches will lose their focus, souls will burn in hell and nations will fall if you fail to speak, teach, lead, inspire, create, empower and share of all the good things your Heavenly Father has so blessed you with.

Until now, you have been the missing piece!

See, God is building something far greater than a 5000 piece puzzle. Can you imagine how sad it will be for him to look at his creative work and see that there is a missing piece? Can you imagine how sad it would be for Him to realize that what He started He will not be able to complete? God is making all things new and beautiful. He is mending broken lives. He is building a bridge over a world heading for the cliff. And He wants you to not only be on that bridge, but also to help him bring others with you.

God is a creative genius. He spoke and the worlds came into being. By one stoke of his hand he made galaxies. But there is something about the work of this creative genius – it will never be complete without you in it. You are that missing and necessary piece. No matter how beautiful the rest of the puzzle is, people will always ask – where is the missing piece?

Until now, you have been the missing piece, but that’s about to change:

You are the first responder
You are the teacher
You are the doctor/nurse
You are their smile
The taxi driver
You are that volunteer
Somebody’s rock
A constant companion
You are the mail man
My Sunday school teacher
The barista at my favorite Starbucks
You are the piece that makes the world go round!
Makes the world a better place

You have now been discovered – go now and change the world!

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This entry was posted in: Devotion


There are three things I think about every moment of everyday... they consume me deeply. How to: 1. Refine my theological understanding 2. sharpen my ethical rigor 3. and heighten my devotional intensity. These are the things I write about. Welcome you to my blog... Join me on this incredible journey of exploration and discovery of all the things God has in store for His children. Join by following or subscribing. I appreciate your thoughts, comments and friendship. Walter


  1. This is so powerful, I read on Facebook but had to come to your site just to comment. It so spoke to me. I’ve been fighting a battle in this area….thankyou for posting.


    • Hey there Caroline,
      I am prayerful, hopeful that this post will release in you the power to win the battle, whatever they are. You matter very much to Him.


      • Thank you Walter,
        I’ve been walking in more and more leadership and running into people’s flesh….it’s very discouraging. Do I really want to do this anymore? I’m sure being a pastor you’ve probably been there. Thanks for listening. Carolyn


        • I pray that you find the courage to love people. It is very difficult when you are doing every in you power to love and serve people and all you get in return is the opposite. What you can not afford is to your heart be fill with bitterness and discourage. Trust The Lord to give you the strength to press on to fulfill your call.

          Praying for you!
          Be Strong


  2. I firmly believe that, too, Walter. I believe we all have gifts given to us by God… A few months ago I wrote about how awesome it would be if all of us could find what we love to do and do it to benefit others — and even better if we could get paid to do it! But I really do think that that talent, passion, thing we love is our gift from God… And that we should use it because no one else can the way we can! Great post… And that’s one big puzzle!


    • Did I mention Writers too? Your gift/writing/blog/ does just the right thing for me when I read it. You are a blessing every week. By the way, I agree it is indeed a big one.


  3. Good stuff my friend, really good stuff. The body needs every part, every part, to do all that God has willed. Lord, strengthen us to use our gifts You have so graciously given.


  4. Redneck Garage says

    A very intriguing, encouraging and challenging post. Thanks for taking the time to put this important message out there for all of us to read.


  5. forestmtnhike says

    Wow, Amen! thank you so much for this! This was just what I needed to hear. What you wrote is so amazing! I enjoyed every word in this post. One sentence that stood out to me was: “You will be depriving someone of the smile, the laughter, and the joy that only you can bring, if you fail to step up and assume your God-given role.” —So inspiring. Thank you!


    • aw’ thank you for your very kind words. I am so glad it blessed you. I hope you continue to ride upon his blessings for the rest of the week.
      Thank you for the feedback. It means a lot!


  6. Walter,


    What an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing this with us. My pastor is always giving us gentle reminders that we have all been given gifts and talent by God. Our job is to use them to best of our ability to help others.

    Right now, I’m caring for my elderly mother. Every day with her is a blessing. Sometimes I get frustrated and wish I was back in the corporate world, but then I take a step back and realized that at this point in my live, my job and my talents are to care for my dear Mom. She did so much for me that it is my time to give back to her.

    Have a blessed week!



    • Hey Nancy, you are so very welcome. Thank you for your very encouraging comment. I hope your mom is doing good… She is indeed blessed to have you. And I believe you feel the same about her.

      May The Lord add to you and your family – beautiful memories and much love more that anything the corporate world has to offer. Even though your life’s work and experiences are important too, may you find an over and above blessing from The Lord in your time away.

      Your brother Walter


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