Legoland lessons
May 2 2003 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Legoland lessons | Friday, May 2, 2003

Friday, May 2, 2003

Legoland lessons

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I was delighted when the Baptist Communicators Association decided to hold its annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., because I had never been there. My six-year-old was even more pleased, because San Diego is only 30 miles from Legoland.

So, a business trip grew to incorporate a short family getaway, and it was worth the effort.

In some ways, Legoland is like other theme parks - there are several themed areas, each with rides, activities, restaurants and shows.

What's different about Legoland sits right in the middle, and is called "Miniland." There you find two acres of amazing recreations of well-known places, most on a 1/20 scale, made entirely of standard Lego bricks - millions of them.

There is a huge harbor complex that includes container ships and tanker ships, tugboats and sailboats, ferry boats and rowboats, all moving about the water or being loaded at the dock.

There is a re-creation of the French Quarter in New Orleans, complete with a moving Mardi Gras parade and a jazz funeral procession.

There are finely detailed replicates of the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, the Smithsonian castle, and other famous landmarks from Washington, D.C.

And, there is a recreation of the Manhattan skyline, complete with famous skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty, and a construction site where the World Trade Centers stood.

Music and other sound effects add to the impressive sense of realism. The models were imitations, to be sure, but they are good imitations.

They remind me of how believers are called to imitate Christ. We naturally feel smaller in a way, appropriately less than Christ. But, Jesus clearly taught that to follow Him means to model our lives after Him, to love as He loved so others will see Christ's presence in us.

Before we impress anyone else with our Christ-likeness, however, we have to do something with the self-centeredness that is so unlike Jesus.

We have to lego.

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