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Life’s LEGOS

From the time our oldest son was about four, he was fascinated with LEGOS. Family and friends bought him box after box of building sets, ones with a specific theme.This made for some fun father and son time, but they weren’t always easy to assemble. So, sometimes we used our collective imaginations and built something else. Eventually, all the special sets got mixed up in one big box. This gave us more creative options and less frustration.

A fellow blogger friend, *Don’t Lose Hope, shared an insightful comment on my post last week that brought me back to those building block days with my son: “The people who motivate us, and help inspire us to persevere, are those who have suffered (just like us), and yet are in a different place today. A better place. A place we’d like to be.”

Here’s the thought that hit me: people are like LEGOS. God designed us to connect with one another! And each life experience we successfully navigate gives us more “LEGOS” to share with others. But that’s not all! If we handle things right, our capacity to empathize with others grows exponentially.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV)

What experiences have you been through that God could use to comfort others? Let’s combine our Life-LEGOS and build something! After all, trading one’s marbles is a lot better than losing them.🤪

Did I just mix metaphors?😊


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*Note: Don’t Lose Hope is a wonderful community focused on recovery from trauma. The site is managed by a Christian psychologist and life coach. Please check it out!

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

52 replies on “Life’s LEGOS”

True David! As we go through Life Legos, we can help others by sharing the lessons we’ve learned. We all have something we can share with others. I pray God gives us divine opportunities to do so and sensitivity to the needs of others.

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Thank you, Nancy. The church is indeed like a giant LEGO set, with Christ as the head LEGO Master! My continued prayer is that those in the Body of Christ can stop jockeying for position and simply serve our Lord, and each other, out of love. I used to have some Tinker Toys! Anyone else?

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Love your Lego-metaphor, Dave–the marble one too! I’m seeing Lego-sets as a metaphor for the church. Each is designed by God with all the necessary parts to create a pleasing whole. Combining our Legos is much more fun/fulfilling than playing alone! P.S. Does anyone remember Tinker Toys?!

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Thank you, Beth! I’m always grateful for your input A few others mentioned stepping on LEGOS as being a metaphor for life’s unexpected “ouch!” moments. Suffering is hard, but finding a greater meaning in it helps. Have a blessed week!
PS. No matter how serious the subject matter, I still tend to flavor it with humor. I suppose it’s both a strength and a weakness. 😊

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David, your mixed metaphor made me laugh out loud. Though I’d rather step barefooted on a lose marble than a lose lego. Your statement “God designed us to connect with one another! And each life experience we successfully navigate gives us more “LEGOS” to share with others. But that’s not all! If we handle things right, our capacity to empathize with others grows exponentially” points to one of the valuable aspects of suffering. One of my favorite verses is from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

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I grew up long before Legos. We had Erector sets that were metal pieces we attached with tiny nuts and bolts (a lawyer’s dream and a mother’s nightmare!) But the point still holds that you made nest…we are all made to be connected! Thanks for another interesting story Dave!

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There is nothing that hurts worse than stepping on a Lego. Funny enough, nothing hurts more than when you are trying to build something from scratch, whether it be relationship, profession, or structure, especially when you stumble (misstep).

Coincidence? I think not.

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There are four self-contained special needs classes at my school. All the students in these classes are on the autism spectrum. I’ve often thought, these kids are more capable than the regular ed kids—just in different ways. Thank you for sharing, Gary. Nope, you don’t see many wheelchairs on mountain trails. But if the trail is wide enough a capable ATV driver could take them there. Blessings!

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Good insight David. We have often bonded and understood people who are caregivers of a family member with birth defects or permanently disabled through an accident. Those people are automatically marginalized and tucked into a “special” corner out of sight in many situations. A very common example is, It’s natural to not be invited to homes as most are not wheelchair friendly. It goes downhill from there but it’s also just practical everyday life and not intentional on others part. Lets face it, there are no wheelchairs at the top of mountain trails.

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Thanks so much for this insightful comment.
As you say, people who have been wounded by ‘the church’ , often withdraw from God – some become angry and suspicious of anything, and anyone associated with church.
I think, though, how hurt Jesus is , and how angry He is, when He sees people being hurt by ‘the church’.
He stands by us, drawing us close to Himself, whispering that He loves us, and tells us that He understands, for He, himself, was also hurt by ‘religious folks’ . 🤗

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You’re most welcome! I believe this makes at least the third time something you said inspired me to write my own post about the same subject. Your site is one of my favorites! I hope you have a great weekend as well. 🙏❤️

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I agree, Sally. it is very common. Sadly most people who are hurt by the church tend to walk away and keep it to themselves. They may also pull back from God so they never receive the healing they need, and never experience a full and meaningful life with God. I’m glad God has given you a heart for this particular group of people.

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“Let’s combine our Life-LEGOS and build something! After all, trading one’s marbles is a lot better than losing them.” I love this!!! We DO need each other to live, to grow, to build, to heal. Sometimes we need to leave one group of friends, or one community, because they are tearing us down. However, there will always be another healthy, life-giving one out there if we will just keep looking. It’s God plan and design for us. and it’s a wonderful plan and design.
Thanks for the shout out. The goal of my blog is to help others, just as you are doing here. Blessings on your week 🙂

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Legos are such a classic toy. I believe my brothers had Legos, and I know my children had Legos, too. I like the analogy of Legos being experiences in our life. You mention how Legos can be frustrating as well as fun. Legos can also hurt. Like when you step on one barefoot. Just like our life experiences can hurt, too. I think we all experience hurt, rejection, failure. These experiences can make someone a better person – or not. Your post inspires us to use these experiences to be kind and compassionate to others. Just as Jesus taught.

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I can relate, Sally. Unfortunately, some churches shoot their own wounded. This is a sad reality, indeed. When I served in vocational ministry, I often found spending time with unbelievers easier than dealing with ‘church’ folk. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

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Thanks, David, great analogy.
The most compassionate people are the most like Christ, who is the epitome of compassion.
I have experienced church hurt, and perhaps my greatest area of compassion is towards others who have been hurt by ‘Christians’.
This type of trauma, unfortunately, is more common than we may realize.

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Thank you for your thoughts, Bridget. You bring up a good point. Our experiences may not exactly mirror those of others, but there’s often enough similarity to make a connection. All of us is stronger than any one of us!

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Amen, brother! There’s quite enough tearing down happening. Let’s build one another up–encouraging our mutual faith in God.
May the Lord bless and keep you too, brother. As always, I am grateful for your input.

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What a lovely analogy David, and well presented as always. I remember getting a big box of Legos for my Christmas over 40 years ago – it was my favourite for many years. I love how you show that our unique life experiences (legos) when they are shared can help build up others. May we continue building up our brethren! God bless you brother.

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Our connections do indeed give us purpose. Crystal, you just summarized my post! Thank you for sharing about your memories with your older brother. I edited your comment, putting your exclamation to him in quotes. It’s not every day one gets to correct the writing of a writing teacher.😇

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Good morning, David. I didn’t grow up with LEGOs, but I grew up with Eggos—and saying to my brother “lego my Eggo.” Anyway, our connections give us purpose, and Eggos are a nice memory I share with my brother.

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Yes, me too Rainer! Thank you for sharing. I can only imagine how keeping everyone “connected” in your ministry to the homeless is a multi-step process. More power (God’s power) to you, brother! Blessings.

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