Puzzler

By Michael Temple

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Why are puzzles so wildly popular all around the globe? Will Shortz, the crossword editor of The New York Times and NPR, has this to say:
 
“We're faced with problems every day in life, and we almost never get clarity. We jump into the middle of a problem, we carry it through to whatever extent we can to find an answer, and then … we just find the next thing. [But] with a human made puzzle you have the satisfaction of being completely in control: you start the challenge from the beginning, and you move all the way to the end. That's a satisfaction you don't get much in real life. You feel in control, and that's a great feeling.*
 
Great feeling indeed! 
 
It seems to me, that as a society, we’re constantly scratching for a direction that will help give us the clarity that seems to elude many of us while we journey here on planet earth. Being “in control” isn’t just some whimsical desire…for some people it’s more of a compulsion (right up there with breathing).
 
Consider Frank Sinatra’s hit “My Way” for a moment. The words might give the appearance of hopefulness on the surface, but a more thorough examination of the haunting lyrics describe an individual who must be in control at all costs. 
 
Regrets? I've had a few,
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course -
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
 
I did it my way. That’s an attractively compelling thought for so many living around the globe today. From the high-flying billionaire to the political wannabe, doing it “my way” seems to be an all-consuming direction that many aspire to. Sinful humanity cries out for control. The following passage from the Bible flies in the face of conventional “worldly wisdom.” 
 
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4).
 
If I read it correctly, when I enter into a relationship with Jesus, I begin to learn how to relinquish “my way,” and lose myself in “His way.” That can seem like a difficult path to take, but the rewards are eternal.