This past weekend, my whole family went together to see “The Lego Movie.” I am not sure who was more excited – myself or my 9 year old daughter! My daughter asks for Legos for both her birthday and Christmas and has accumulated a number of the Lego Friends (girl Legos) sets. And when are basement gets carpet, we plan to not only set up her sets, but to rebuild all of my sets from 30 years ago!
For those that haven’t seen the movie, the story line centers on a Lego character named Emmet – an average nobody. Emmet is an average construction worker, going to work building average skyscrapers and singing average songs like “Everything is Awesome.” Emmet is a an average nice guy, very positive and very devoted. But Emmet soon meets an un-average beautiful girl named Wyldstyle. She in turn mistakes Emmet for the most important person in the universe, aka “The Special.” And thus the Lego adventure begins.
Now you may be asking – what possibly could one learn from a PG rated movie about Legos? Indeed, I wondered myself. But there are some key lessons that all of us can apply to our lives:
1) Number one on the list is to Believe In Yourself. You can never know how much you can really do—how special you really are—unless you give it a good try.
2) Use your Imagination and Creativity. (i.e. Double Decker Couch – for those that have seen the movie!)
3) Work Together! And not just work together, but work together to Get the Job Done Right. Cooperation and a common path produces results.
4) Follow Instructions.
With each Lego set comes an instruction book. If you follow the instructions, the set you build will resemble the picture on the front of the box.
But sometimes the instructions go missing and you have to have to try it alone – on your own with no guidance. And as many times as you try, the pieces may not fit together correctly, or you end up with either not enough pieces or too many!
Life is similar. Oftentimes we try to do it alone. We makes choices and sometimes the puzzle pieces of life do not all fit together. We then tend to get frustrated with life and we give up or quit.
I’ve been there before. I’ve experienced the moments in which the puzzle pieces don’t seem to fit. I’ve become frustrated. But I’ve also been reminded that the instruction book has always been available to me. That book is God’s word given to us in the Bible. His book always provides a solution to construct that puzzle to match the picture on the cover. It’s up to me whether I choice to use it or not. And each time I have refused to use it, my life’s puzzle becomes messed up.
Follow the Instructions!