Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Nathaniel


Why Your 2013 Was a Layer of Legos


Legos. Every 6-year-old’s classic staple and every parent’s nightmare. There’s something about structuring layer by layer that churns the creative spokes inside an impressionable mind. Is it the way an edifice can be architectured from the rubble? The way a world can be populated with blocked civilians, some even vaguely resembling the likes of The Beatles? Or is it that these simple, yet intricate blocks teach us that if we continue to build on our foundation, what was once chaotic clutter can be fashioned into a masterpiece?

The optimist in me wants to affirm that 2013 was an awesome year- a wonderful happy-meal of goodness and a bubbling cauldron of assorted Lucky Charms. But that’d be a lie. In brief, it was the most difficult year I’ve ever lived through. And I know I’m not the only one. I’ve heard accounts from people who lost dear loved ones in 2013. People who were working to escape the shackles of financial purgatory. People who sacrificed their life to care for an elderly parent. People who were let go from companies and positions where they thought security existed. People who experienced divorce, heartbreak, family division, sickness, insecurities, stress, anxiety, anorexia, anger issues, mental disorders, and so on. I believe in operating under the philosophy that we always have something to be grateful for and that at the root we are abundantly blessed… But for many people 2013 probably seemed less like the “Year of the Abundant Blessing” and more like the “Year of Job in Struggle-City.”

An art work titled "Venus de Milo," is seen during "The Art of the Brick" exhibition in BrusselsSo like that flip-phone that’s burrowed in the hollows our desk-drawer, many of us wanted to forget everything about 2013 and walk into the renewing of the New Year. And honestly, I don’t blame you. But hear me out, as hard and as difficult last year might have been, it has the potential to be one of the essential layers in a creation that could one day rival the beauty and complexity of Michaelangelo’s David or the Venus de Milo.

Think about it- when you’re in the process of building your lego creation, you pull from the clutter. You search through the chaos and you take what you need from it to build a better structure, one that is fashioned and formed purposefully. If you had a rough 2013, choose to release the negative emotions and energy that fight to hold you captive. Look at the highs and lows and take those building blocks from the rubble and lay your future on them.

If no one has ever told you this, you’re under construction, a masterpiece in development.

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”  1 Corinthians 3:9

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