Jenny and the World

I heard this story in the 1980s from a pastor friend. Actually it was his sermon one Sunday. One mark of a great sermon is its shelf-life. ~TD


World-map-Puzzle

Jenny’s Puzzle

One day in Kindergarten, Jenny was given a jigsaw puzzle to solve. On one side was a map of the world. On the other was a picture of her own smiling face. All the pieces were scattered. The other children were each given their own personalized puzzles.
The teacher told the kids their assignment was to put their world puzzle together. All the children started in with the fun and interest kids bring to so many things.
Soon all of them were slowing down, showing signs of frustration. Some were daydreaming, others hanging their heads down and pouting, others starting to squabble over perceived offenses by their classmates.
Then one of the daydreamers, Jenny, returned her focus to the puzzle. In just a few minutes she completed her challenge. The teacher was very pleased, and asked Jenny to come up and tell her friends how she solved the world puzzle.
Jenny, beaming with glee, said, “It was easy. I stopped trying to put the world together, and started putting my face together. When I got me right, the world got right!” 


“Oh, that my people would listen to me!
Oh, that Israel would follow me,
walking in my paths!
How quickly I would then subdue their enemies!
How soon my hands would be upon their foes!
Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him;
they would be doomed forever.
But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
– Psalm 81:13-16
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
– Matthew 6:33


I believe when a person turns around to please God by accepting the Lordship of Jesus Christ, several things happen. That person begins to change towards the likeness of Christ. God Himself honors that turn and blesses that person’s life with increased well-being. Eternal life is granted to that person. All their sins are washed away. And there is a ripple effect emanating from that choice in everyone that person encounters, a quiet world-changing revolution. 

“When I got me right,
the world got right!” 

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MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

so very true….pure and simple from the mouth of a child 🙂

Sheri
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Sheri

A Baby’s Hug ~ We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, ‘Hi.’ He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment. I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Sheri . . . that was exquisite! God Bless you for sharing with us.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

Wonderful story!

Jim Doolittle
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Jim Doolittle

Your use of something other than the AKJV is offensive to a true believer. If you can’t understand the AKJV…then you are nothing but an evangelical SUNday keeper…
Jim

Mike howrightismike
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Mike howrightismike

Jim, I think you owe Traildust an apology. The Bible came from the Catholic Church and it was around many years before the King James Version.

Northerngirl
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Northerngirl

In this chaotic world it’s always the children that have the ability to break things down to what truly matters. Sort of like quibbling over which bible the verse came from….right DooLittle? It matters only that the beauty of the story came through and I think traildust did a fantastic job. You may want to read the article about the Washington Redskins that’s also been posted today Doolittle, it’s all about perceived “offense.” You may learn something.

Sheri
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Sheri

Thank you Jim Doolittle for the opportunity to share Jesus teachings: Strangely, the people who made Jesus livid with anger were the ones the modern press might call Bible-belt fundamentalists. This group, “The Pharisees”, devoted their lives to following God. They gave away exact tithes, obeyed each minute law in the Old Testament, and sent out missionaries to gain converts. Almost no sexual sin or violent crime was visible among “The Pharisees”. Yet Jesus denounced these model citizens. Why? To answer that question , I go back to the humble crayfish creeping along the creek bottoms of Louisiana. In comparing… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Trail Dust, Sheri, Notherngirl, & Mike:
I couldn’t have said it better than your rebukes of Doolittle. Thank you! 🙂

marblenecltr
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Jim, I hope that you soon get over your extreme obsessive, unjustified legalism. Most Christians to be seen in heaven will have been brought close to God through interpretations other than the AKJV. I am trying to be helpful here, not insulting, criticisms like yours are like a form of jihadist attempt at spiritual self-improvement that has no place in judgment of other Christians. There are but a very few Bibles to be criticized,, the Jefferson Bible, for example.