The Lego Movie Triggered An Existential Crisis In Me

Yea, you read that right.
A children's movie made me question my existence.

Yea, I was surprised too.

Nothing is safe anymore... Nothing!

I love the premise of the movie but I didn't expect to get unhinged so early on.
I wasn't ready tho!!! I just sat down!

It happened when the good cop-bad cop interrogated Emmet. Bad cop couldn't understand how Emmet attained the Piece of Resistance. To him, Emmet was just an "ordinary construction worker," nothing special. Then he shows Emmet the interviews of his co-workers and neighbors, who knew nothing about him. Although, Emmet followed the manual and said hello to everyone and was very nice, they didn't even know his name, all they knew was that he was just there, another piece taking up space.

Emmet's reaction mirrored mine (he was devastated) and my heart deflated as my mind disintegrated with the fear of not being known. How sad would it be to go through life and no one can say that they knew you? That they didn't know how you liked your tea, or how you squealed when you heard your favorite song, or how you folded into yourself when you were tired, or how pants were your frenemy?

Bet you didn't know that about me.

As the movie continued, I just went down the rabbit hole and I wondered if it even mattered.
Does it matter if no one pays attention or gives me recognition?
Does it matter if I'm alive?
Or that I go to church?
Or that I write?
Or that I talk?

Should I just melt into the walls and disappear if people don't care about me?

I sound so sad and so needy and very whiny but how many times have you held back because you thought what you had to share was inconsequential?

Unless you have that platform, that recognition, that validation, you tip-toe around responsibilities and opportunities until you are sure that you'll get what you need out of the situation.

I'm guilty of that as well.

Why should I do anything if I don't benefit?

Then Jesus

Is it just me or does Jesus smack you upside your head when you get self-centered?
Oh, it is just me. Oh ok, then.

Since I'm the only real one up on this site, let's turn to John 2:1-11 where Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding.

Yea, I can imagine your face and Jesus probably had the same expression on His when His mom, Mary, approached Him and told Him that the wine was running low. He probably looked up at her, bewildered and asked why should it be any concern of His since it wasn't His party at the first place. He was here for a celebration; working a miracle was not on the schedule.

But Mary did not listen (normal for a parent) and she gave the orders to the servants to do as Jesus said.

And Jesus gave them instructions although He knew that this wasn't the platform He was to launch from, that He wouldn't get the credit for this, that in the greater scheme of things getting more wine for a wedding party is inconsequential.

But He did it anyway because more wine was needed and He was the only one who could do it. He couldn't hold back.

Why don't we have the same mentality?
Why don't we fill in the small, unseen positions around us?
Why do we keep on waiting for the big gig and hoard our gifts from everyday needs?
Why wait when people are desperately searching for you and what you have to give?

And they can't find you because you're waiting for the alluded "perfect" timing!!!

Does it really matter to you to be on stage when those who really need you are behind the curtains, away from all the praise, the accolades, the glitter and lights?

The world doesn't need to see what you do for the least of these; God always sees and He will exalt you in due time when He sees the faithfulness you are sowing into your present.

But if you keep waiting to arrive, you won't know what to do once you get there; wherever there is. So do it now; whatever is planted in your heart, figure out what you can do with your current supply and start now.

And for those of you (like me and Emmet) who feel that all you can offer is water when wine is requested, do it anyway just like the servants because when you offer all that you have, when you fill the jug to the brim, God will show up and make it the best thing ever.

Don't believe me... just watch.

1 comment

  1. Excellent self-analysis and rebuttal using God. He is our strongest foundation.