Being the mother of Lego-lovin’ boys, it’s a given that we would see The Lego Movie. There were so many truths woven into the storyline.
Though the overriding theme of the story is that everyone is special, one of my favorite sub-themes was the importance of affirmation. Emmet, the main character is just another Lego construction guy.
Get a glimpse of Emmet in this short clip:
He’s just an average guy, following the instructions laid out for him—for living daily life, for working, for social relationships. He hopes he’s doing everything right.
When Emmet’s thrown into a world where there are no instructions, he gets in trouble and is captured by Bad Cop. During his interrogation, he refers to his “friends,” certain they can help clarify his character. What he discovers is the people he thought he meant something to don’t remember him. Or, if they do, they have mean things to say about him and his lack of creativity.
Viewing himself as others see him opens Emmet’s eyes, and causes him to feel utterly insignificant. He’s called, “The Special,” but he feels like anything but special in light of what everyone says about and to him.
Throughout the movie, those gifted with extraordinary skill to build amazing structures look down on Emmett for his lack of ability in this area.
Honestly, my heart went out to poor Emmet. The guy was working with the skill set he’d been given. And, it wasn’t fabulous, according to most people. It wasn’t enough, in their eyes, to accomplish what needed to be done. Yet, Emmet was the one with the big heart. He was the one who made sacrifices at just the right moment.
A few truths I took away from Emmett’s character in The Lego Movie:
- I can look around me and see those worth affirming. They may not be movie stars, first responders or naturally heroic. But everyone, everyone has some attribute worth affirming.
- Be slow to judge others’ perceived lack of skill. Each person has strengths, passions and character qualities that make them special.
- Being affirmed can build confidence. When Emmett was affirmed, it sparked his confidence to do more than anyone thought him capable of. On the flip side, another character, who was never affirmed, took bad to a new level.
- It’s never too late to share an affirmation with someone. Even after mistakes have been made, there’s room for building another up.
- This last one is more a reminder than a specific lesson from the movie. Each person has worth, because we are all created in the image of God. If I will open my eyes to see another’s worth, I can help that person grow.
If I can look beyond what I think should be valued and see the intrinsic value God placed in others, I can become an encourager for them.
What about you? What affect does affirmation have on you? What are some ways you affirm others?