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Like Playing with LEGOs


Quinton Cools September 21, 2018
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This post was written by TeenPact Student Body Representative Patrick Sullivan of Florida.


 

Something that really helps me to understand God’s word and my faith are analogies. That’s what Jesus did with His people. To get his point across, He would tell them a parable in order for them to understand what He was talking about.

 

When I was really young, I loved LEGOs. I had a giant bin of them filled to the brim. The only problem was, I was never able to successfully build something without instructions. I’m a creative person, I just wasn’t creative when it came to LEGOs. Every time I received a new LEGO set, I would put it on my shelf after it was put together so that way I would always see it.

 

In 2013, I got a new LEGO set of a treehouse for Christmas. I had fun building it and once it was completed, I put it on my shelf with all of my other LEGOs.

 

A few years passed and I left it there.

 

I never touched it.

 

I never played with it.

 

I never used it.

 

In 2017, I picked it up and it was full of dust. Pieces had fallen off and whenever I would try and fix it, more pieces would fall off. My mom would tell me, “Patrick, your LEGOs are falling apart.”

 

I often feel that I’m not growing in my faith. I know that I’m a Christian, but I sometimes don’t act as one. I know that I am changed, yet often I act the same. I say that I’ve been born again, when really I feel like I’m still in the womb.

 

Our faith is sometimes like a LEGO set. We as Christians start out building our faith. We follow the “instructions” and what the Bible says. We believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We try to act the way God has called us to act.

 

But then we sometimes exclude God from our lives. We forget that we are Christians. We don’t act like lights of this world. We don’t read our bibles. We fall out of the routine. We become dusty in our faith. We don’t go to God for help and instead rely on ourselves, and when our faith is tested, we usually fall apart.

 

I can’t tell you to do anything. I can only encourage you to do something. Don’t fall out of the routine. Don’t say you’re changed because you had an emotional feeling. Don’t let your faith sit on a shelf. Don’t do what I did. Get up. Dust yourself off and use your faith. Once you really start living for Christ, you will see how much fun it can be……just like playing with LEGOs.

 

“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9

 

Go. Use your faith to change lives so that those lives may change the world.

 

 

Representative Patrick Sullivan

 

 

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Quinton Cools

Quinton Cools grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and like any true Oregonian, he can identify the perfect cup of coffee. He is the fifth of nine… Read More

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