Summary: This message looks at the cost and return on investing in the lives of children.
Have you ever stepped on a piece of Lego, in the dark?
Have you ever wondered how something so small that provides so much enjoyment can cause so much pain?
Well, you’re in luck, because I’m going to explain the science behind the pain. There are basically four reasons that are wrapped up in this.
So first of all, you hear people talking about stepping on Lego more then stepping on say “Hot wheel” cars or “My Little Ponies” or Barbie Shoes. That’s because there is an incrediable amount of Lego bricks in the world. According to the Lego corporation, there are enough Legos in the world for every person on earth to have 83 bricks. And while the Pinterest group will tell you all about their Lego tables more times than not it ends up being played with on the floor.
Secondly, we step on those little torture devices with the sole of our foot which is loaded with nerves, making it quite sensitive. There are so many nerves in our feet because they are needed to keep us balanced.
Thirdly, Lego have sharp corners and knobs and that helps aggravate all those nerve endings in your foot.
Finally, Legos have no give to them, they are really well made. While many toys might give and break when you step on them, LEGOs don't. Those in the know tell us that a Lego has to be subjected to approximately 4,240 Newtons of force before it deforms. And a single brick can support 953 pounds of pressure before it compresses.
That means when you step on a LEGO, instead of giving way and absorbing some of the force it transfers all that force right back into the nerves in the sole of your foot. No wonder you say ouch and other fun things. And if you step on a Lego you want to hope it’s on carpet and not tile so some of the forces is absorbed.
I read a fun article this week, at least fitting. Drew Dyck an editor at Christianity Today wrote that he recently heard his five year old son preaching to his 3 year old sister and he finished his Gospel presentation by telling his sibling, "When Jesus came back from being dead, he could do anything. He could even walk on Legos!" That’s almost as impressive as walking on water.
This is week 5 of our connect series and over the past few weeks we’ve looked at how we were created to connect. How we need to connect with our Creator. How we need to connect with the Created, that is ourselves and last week we looked at how we need to connect with the creator’s kids, that is other Christ followers.
Today I want to go a little deeper into that as we look at how we connect with the Creator’s Kid’s Kids. That is the children at Cornerstone.
Now some people are like W.C. Fields in their philosophy of children, you might recall that someone once asked him “How do you like children?” and he replied “Fried.”
But Jesus had a different view of Children, we all know the stories of parents bringing the children to Jesus to be blessed and what happened. Here is Mark’s account
Mark 10:13-16 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
And even those who have never read the King James Version of the Bible know the line “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” Or maybe they only know it from the Stephen King short story.
But it certainly says something about Jesus’ personality and character that people would bring their children to him. Most parents don’t take their kids to creepy or grumpy people. Well, grumpy grandparents are acceptable, as free babysitters.
And they did, they brought their kids to Jesus to be healed and to be blessed. And he did both. Once we even read how he raised a little girl from the dead. And it would appear that Jesus liked kids and that kids like Jesus.
The Bible tells us how Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them and it didn’t say that the kids fussed or screamed at that point, instead, they seemed to want to be held by Jesus.