It's MOVIE MONDAY, and this is a joy to write.
I got home last Friday after being gone for nearly a month, and my kids were ready. I opened the door, and with their best laser focus my kids said, "DAD!! The Lego movie is out, we HAVE TO GO!"
So Saturday afternoon I took my kids to see this block busting surprise movie of February. I must admit, if you've read this blog for any family posts you know my dislike of legos. When my kids were little I remember stepping on those stupid little blocks in the middle of the night barefoot and on the verge of cussing.
They never built the stuff on the box.
They always lost the little people.
I just have to be honest, Legos were no where near my favorite toy go-to for Christmas or Birthdays.
So you can imagine I wasn't exactly pumped to see this movie with the horrid little toy people.
Opening credits began, and immediately I was drawn in. It was like Clay Mation with Legos. So even though I don't like the toy blocks, I can totally appreciate the movie makers effort to make this movie with legos. I'm sure they had some kind of animatronic kind of CGI or something, but it was really interesting the way they filmed it.
The story was another great surprise!!
The evil Mr. Business is trying to build everything in the city with instructions, while the master builders were the creatives building anything they could imagine. After a pseudo star wars type of prophecy is revealed, the regular guy is thrown into the mix with master builders to save the universe.
In the end the creative story was to allow room in the world for creatives AND those who like to follow instructions. I sat in my seat marveling at the way the writers were able to fuse these two ideas together, as I'm one of the creators and my oldest son is a 'follow the instruction' kind of kid.
When I thought about the morale of the story on the drive home, I was thinking about the way we do faith. Some of us are 'follow the rules' type of faith people, while others are creatives searching for the most imaginative way to follow Jesus that we can. (one guess as to which one I am)
The most freeing part of being a part of the family of God is: You can do it either way.
God loves people on both sides of this conversation while He calls for us to live a life full of Grace and Full of Obedience. The grand paradox of living life within the boundaries of God's Kingdom is learning how to live in a world with both kinds of people. To be honest, this tension often reveals itself in nit-picking-fits of 'Who's the MOST right?'
For me: The best way to learn how to love as God loves is to live in a world trying to understand how God loves both. God loves those who's faith is credited them as righteous, and God loves those who are willing to live a life of sacrifice. Neither is more holy than the other as evidenced by the characters we read in scripture. For Abraham, his faith was credited as righteous. And as for Stephen, he was the greatest follower of Jesus who ever lived.
So today, I'm encouraged by a little film about building with toy blocks. Being creative and imaginative CAN exist with those who try and figure out the rules and boundaries God set for us here on earth.