LEGOs in Haiti

2 weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Haiti with a group from my church to visit the orphanage that we sponsor. Somebody had the incredible idea (whoever you are, you rock) to have the kids in our church gather up LEGOs for us to bring to the kids at the orphanage.

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These 2 above are my absolute favorite Lego photos from the trip. I'm pretty sure the kiddo on the right is going to be the future CEO of LEGO. As soon as he figured out what to do with them there was never a moment that he was seen without a LEGO in hand. His favorite thing to build? Very intricate towers.

Their worlds were rocked! Imaginations were energized. Future architects and engineers were born. I never thought that something as simple as a LEGO could be so life-impacting until my experience that week.

It took them a little bit of time to figure out what the little blocks were and what could be done with them. All of us sat down with the kids and started building things until they caught on. Interestingly enough, the first thing pretty much all of them made were tables. After the tables were built and then destroyed it was time to focus on the construction of towers, mansions, planes, and cars.

Sometimes we take simple things for granted. Sometimes it's not the things, but the forgotten parts of our souls. Our imaginations. We often forget how it felt as a child to sit down with a cardboard box and build a spaceship, to find Narnia in the tall grass of someone's yard, to build whatever your heart desired with a bag full of tiny, stack-able boxes. When we forget how that felt and the importance of using our imaginations we forget to open the doors of that world for our children. Often it's just because we no longer have the opportunity to live in that world in our day to day lives, other times, due to tragedy we push the childish ways of feeding our imaginations out of the picture. There is no longer time made...

The imagination enables us to be able to critically think more effectively and be able to creatively solve problems that we might not have been able to do at the same rate that we would have without knowing how to think out of the box and without the fearlessness to speak our dreams and ideas aloud that we formed when we used our imaginations.

"Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
   the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
    are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
    with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
    you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep."
-Psalm 127:3-5 (The Message)