Barbara Newman and CLC Network encourage schools, churches, caregivers, and educators in working with students of all abilities. Whenever I encounter a child who struggles, I remember the “Puzzle Piece Perspective.” It’s a great reminder for when all you can see in your child are the things they struggle with or the things you struggle with seeing in them 🙂
The Puzzle Piece Perspective is the idea that God has knit us together with things that we are good at and enjoy (green), and our hot spots—the things that we struggle with (pink). Most of us (if not all) wish we were ALL green, but then we wouldn’t need each other! Each one of us have our greens and pinks, and because of this, each and every one of us have gifts to offer to our communities. Just as puzzle pieces are meant to fit together, each of us are made to come alongside one another and support each other as the Body of Christ.
God doesn’t make mistakes. He made you and he made your child just the way He intended! And it is often in our weaknesses that we see His strength.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
So, when we love people as they are, not only are we loving the person who God made, but we are bringing praise to Him!
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you,
in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7