God Shaped Block

shapesorterRemember those toys that toddlers play with called shape sorters? They pick up a circle and try to find the circle hole to push it thru. It takes several times for them to figure out that the circle will not go in the square hole until they move on to a different hole. But after several attempts they finally get the circle in the circle hole. The feeling of accomplishment and the look of surprise on their face is priceless. They can’t wait to get another shape and go thru another hole.

So just picture your heart as a shape sorter. We have friend shaped blocks, a God shaped block, and parent shaped blocks and well, you get the idea. It is easy for us to understand that our parent shaped blocks fit easily. But how many times do we try to make a shape fit into our God shape heart hole that doesn’t belong? I know I have. I have tried to fill that hole shaped only for my God block with various types of things. I have tried to fill it with boyfriends, money, “things”, and even my husband. And no matter how hard I pushed or tried to manipulate those “blocks” they just would not fit into the God hole.

Some people get this concept early on and it saves them a ton of heartache. Though for others (including me), it was one of those things I had to learn and relearn again before the magic light bulb clicked. It doesn’t mean that God does not want you to have those other “blocks” in your life. He just wants you to prioritize your shapes and He wants to be the shape you consult first before you go make any decision with your other “blocks”. Not because He is a controlling God but because He made you. Who better to know what is best for you than the one who made you!! He made you for relationship. The more time you spend with your Maker, the more that you will realize who He created you to be.

One of my favorite children’s books is You Are Mine by Max Lucado and Sergio Martinez. It walks you through a life of being a wooden person and how all the wooden people judge each other based on the number of stickers they have. If they had star stickers, then they were noticed as a “good” wooden person and therefore rewarded with more stars. If they had too many circle stickers, then they were recognized as a “bad” wooden person and therefore given more circle stickers.

But there was one wooden little girl that no matter how many stickers they had to give her, they would not stick to her. The moral of the story is that the stickers didn’t stick to her because she spent time with her Maker. By spending time with her Maker, she knew who she was and didn’t need stickers to define her. So they simply didn’t stick. The stickers only would stick if you allowed them to stick.

Hit home? How many of us walk around daily letting others define our self worth? It is an easy trap to get stuck in.

A few of my personal favorite scriptures are below.

{Psalms 18:2}  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

{Luke 12:7}  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

{Ephesians 2:8}  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

What are some of your favorite scriptures that remind you who you are? We would love for you to share them with us!

Written by April Franks

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