When I was a kid, I really enjoyed Legos. Many hours were spent on the floor combing through piles of pieces, hunting for the exact shape and shade I needed to complete the next step in assembling whatever spaceship or castle I was constructing that day.
Then, when completed, the playing began as my imagination took over. But, it turned out that my imagination wasn’t like some of my other Lego-loving friends’. They would play with their vehicle/building/creature, and then, crazy as it sounds, they would take it apart! Why would you go to all the trouble of following every step of the detailed directions, making sure each piece—no matter how minuscule—was in its preordained place, only to obliterate it? I didn’t understand. Nor did I have buckets of random Lego pieces like they did—ruins of once great structures. Mine were all still put together, on display as showpieces atop my shelf, just how they were intended to be, thank you very much.
The reason my friends played with Legos differently than me was because they were good at something I wasn’t: building new and different things. Myself, I was a very by-the-book kid. If a set of Legos was supposed to be a race car, then by golly, a race car it shall be. Why mess up a perfectly-good race car?
But some of my friends had a bigger flair for creativity than I did, so they constructed and destructed all kinds of things, limited only by the reach of their imagination and the number of Lego pieces in their bucket. I don’t know if I just wasn’t good at thinking outside the Lego box, or if I never wanted to try because I didn’t think I could make something better than the instructions.
As I look back, who cares if what a kid makes with his or her Legos looks better than a fancy design from the professional Lego architects? It’s not important how it looks. What’s important is being creative, designing new things, and letting a child try their hand at building, adapting, and improving. When they do that, they grow.
So here’s my confession: I’m even more boring now than I was as a kid, so I worry that my lack of creativity might spill over into church-building too. That means I need your help. Don’t let me settle for “same old, same old.” Don’t let us do things just because “we’ve always done them that way.” Help me be creative. Help me think outside the church box. Come up with fun ideas for us to work on. Once we start, we might realize a few pieces need to be moved around, a few tweaks to make. But what’s important is being creative, designing new things, and letting a church try its hand at building, adapting, and improving the way it touches people with the power of God. When it does that, it grows.
As a church, we should always be building the kingdom of heaven. So think about ways you can support that good work. Jesus is our cornerstone, and we are each a piece in the structure of Hickory Rock, so I want you to find good, fun ways that you fit. Each piece is different, and each person is different, so figure out how you can support the church by plugging in as we build the kingdom.
Let’s keep that in mind as we get ready for and experience Vacation Bible School. Its theme “Workshop of Wonders” is what got my mind geared up this way, so it’s a perfect opportunity for us to “imagine and build with God.” With the Holy Spirit as our contractor and guide, let’s get creative as we build the kingdom of heaven in our community!
Grace and peace,