Outside the box

January 13, 2017


Lego is a very popular gift in my house. 

All our family members enjoy playing with Lego, those ubiquitous little bricks, and we’re not alone. (A recent documentary on the Lego manufacturing plant in Denmark estimated that 6,000,000 bricks are produced every minute!) 

Every January in Melbourne there’s an event called ‘Brickvention’, which is the Lego Convention held in the Exhibition Buildings. 

It may sound a bit lame, but it is actually an awesome event where keen Lego enthusiasts can display their creations of colourful plastic. 

Some people have built these displays as they appear on the box, according to the instructions. 

While I appreciate the time and effort that has gone into these displays, I am always more impressed with the creations that come from pure imagination, altering the standard set, and creating something completely new and unique. 

I look at these models with greater respect, as this indicates to me that those behind the sculptures have chosen to dream ‘outside the box’, setting their creativity and imagination free.

The world is a more beautiful space for me when I risk failure by capturing something unscripted and unique. I know from experience that doing this is a far scarier option than being constrained by someone else’s pre-set designs.

That is where the fear begins to kick in—if I do things differently, what if it doesn’t work? What if people don’t like it?

I have discovered that for some time I have allowed the fear of others’ opinions (and expectations) hold me back from offering my whole potential. I have been choosing to limit my output, or at the very least modify it, and, while it is the safest option for my self-esteem, it is not being true to who I am. 

God made me, with my big vision, dreams and passions, and I need to embrace that more, so that I can fully live up to who he wants me to be.  

While following the set directions gives a predictable result, when we are brave enough to partner with God and dream beyond what we think we are capable of, we can create amazing things together. 

The Bible tells me that God is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within me (Ephesians chapter 3, verse 20). 

Therein lies the key—God is at work in me.

May I be brave enough to live more ‘outside the box’.


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