Gift 35 – Made to Make

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A few weeks ago I visited the LEGO store in Chicago. It was packed.

Crazy packed.

Like so many people you had to squeeze in your arms and walk like a penguin to avoid accidently touching peoples’ butts packed.

What I find so shocking about the demand for LEGOs is that, while it can’t cost more than a cent or two to make a plastic brick, LEGO sets often sell for hundreds of dollars. What’s even more incredible is the fact that after opening the box you still have to put the pieces together…and for some reason that’s the fun part. I really don’t think anyone would buy LEGOs if they came pre-assembled. In fact, once a kid finishes building a LEGO set the fun is pretty much over.

This simple realization opened my eyes to the unceasing human desire to make stuff. We love to make, and build, and fashion, and form, and craft, and construct, and design, and invent. We find great joy and satisfaction in creating. As a kid I used to horde all kinds of supplies just to make random creations like milk jug skeletons, coat-hanger puppet people, and cardboard donkeys (I really made one of those). Making stuff comes as naturally to a child as laughter.

This is good. This is worship. This is one way you reflect the Great Maker, who out of nothing turned the cosmos into a workshop and set to work charging protons and suns, designing colors, scientific laws, and human brains.

Here are a few pictures/videos to display some of the diverse creations of modern day Makers…

The Cedar Creek Treehouse in Washington (the worlds largest treehouse)  (amazingstuff.com)

The Cedar Creek Treehouse in Washington (the worlds largest treehouse) (amazingstuff.com)

One of my best friends invented an incredibly cool board game.

One of my best friends invented an incredibly cool board game.

Our foster daughter's snowman...I thought this would go well after New York City :)

Our foster daughter’s snowman…I thought this would go well after New York City 🙂

Making a glass horse the old fashioned way…

And this…

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One thought on “Gift 35 – Made to Make

  1. I have several Lego products also….Love them so much. A joy of success when the assembly was completed!

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