LEGO’s For Everyone
According to Uber Facts, for every person on Earth, 62 Lego pieces have been created.
That is a staggering statistic. Think about it. Right now, there are over 7 billion people on the planet. I’m horrible at math, but according to Google calculator, that means there are 434 billion Legos out there just waiting to be stepped on.
Sidebar: Is there anything worse than stepping on a Lego? Prisons should have rooms where inmates are blindfolded and forced to run barefoot across a floor covered in multi-colored torture blocks. I guarantee the crime rate would drop. But, I digress.
That there is one person for every 62 Legos is remarkable, but that isn’t what struck me. When I came across this fact, I thought:
Every one of us gets a chance to build something.
I can still remember dumping that bin of tiny bricks out on the living room floor. Somewhere in the pile was a castle or a car, a robot. Whatever I could dream up. All I had to do was dig in and start building.
That’s the amazing thing about Legos; you get to decide what they become. The options are endless, and each structure is as unique as the person who built it.
Just like life. We all have the resources to create something unique in society, to construct from our imaginations.
Humans are builders my nature, compelled to create, I believe, by design.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28 NIV)
To subdue is to cultivate. To cultivate is to develop and improve and foster growth. It’s about taking the available elements and fashioning them into something useful, something beneficial or inspirational.
Each of us has been given a number of blocks with which to build our world.
From my perspective, this has eternal implications. Christians are called to work towards the advance of God’s kingdom here on earth. This means sharing the gospel and working towards the end of poverty and oppression, of hate and disease and death, understanding that this will not be fully realized until the return of Christ.
Not everyone subscribes to Christian philosophy, but I think we can all agree that the world is in desperate need of reconstruction. We need more beauty, creativity, and love. But we must work together.
This is why I support groups like:
- Charity Water – This amazing organization seeks to solve the global water crisis.
- Love 146 – They are working to rescue children from sex slavery and to end human trafficking.
- Project 7 – They make “everyday products for everyday people to solve everyday problems around the globe.”
For me, the question is not, Are you building? The question is, What are you building?
Some of us have more to work with than others, but none of us are empty-handed. From what I have heard, there are plenty of Legos to go around.
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