Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Building Blocks

My little grandson has three sizes of plastic blocks. He has enormous ones in primary colors where the knobs that you stick the next block on are about 2" across. Then he has what are called Duplo or Lego blocks. These are the smallest. They are like regular Legos only a bit bigger for toddlers. He loves to dump these and swish them around. They make a great sound. He likes to take apart what I make and dump towers. He occasionally will build something, but it is difficult for him yet. Then he has these intermediate size blocks. They are many colors, some pastel, and the knobs are longer. He is able to stick these together very well. He still likes to take apart my imaginative creations, but that is part of the fun.

I was pondering on my bed one night, when I couldn't sleep, and I began to think of building blocks. We are all given a set. Some of us get primary colors, some pastels, some plain ones. The sizes vary as well. We can't choose the colors of our blocks, the size, whether they are easy to build with, whether we get some extra fancy parts that hep enhance the over all project. We all get a set.

Do you put your blocks on a shelf and refuse to build? "I can't build much, so I'm just going to rest." We put Ty's small blocks on the table after he has dumped them and played for a while. We get them out later so he can have another try. When he points, we build. I wouldn't want to be the one to squelch a creation he was about to make that day.

So you are building with the set you are assigned. Do you stick to one way, feel bored and put them away - unhappy with what you have been given? Or do you take that simple set and start from an entirely different place and suddenly make something that could not even be made with the best set of blocks?

We are not judged on the exquisite creation we have made, only on the fact that we took what we had and we applied it to God's purpose of furthering the Kingdom.

I am extremely excited this year-end to assess my blocks, look at them differently, and make an entirely inventive and useful creation in the new year. What about you? Are you ready to build?

"So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work." Nehemiah 2:18


  1. Excellent Analogy Nancy:)) I love thinking of our talents and gifts that way. I hope I am using mine to the best I can!
    Have a blessed merry Christmas! I'll be back in January:))

  2. Ohh, nice point!
    My toddler loves to dump his everywhere. lol

  3. Great analogy! It's amazing how many of life's important lessons are taught to us when we're children, through the things we play.

  4. Amen! God does not ask us to be successful but faithful.

    Nancy, I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas :-)

    God Bless You, ~Ron

  5. Hi Nancy -

    That Scripture (Nehemiah 2:18) jumped out at me. I think you've just given me my verse for 2011.

    Susan :)

  6. Susan - I love that scripture. Doesn't it just make you feel alive?

  7. It's sad to think we have a set of blocks just waiting for us to build into something incredible, but we ignore them. Thanks for this message.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Oh, Nancy, you are so wise, and good to share your wisdom with us. Sometimes I'd like to just throw my blocks into the air and see how they tumble down, rather than working at building with them. But, I will persevere.

    Happy Christmas!

  9. I love the set God gave me, they're all odd angles and weird shapes. I guess that's why I ended up totally unique! :) (unique = strange most of the time!)

    Great post!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!!