Crystal Stine
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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, Connect with her on...

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  1. Crystal,
    I hope you don’t mind, but I’m renaming this post, “The Lesson of the Legos” 🙂 Just goes to show you that God can and does use everything (even a zillion Legos) to teach us something about Himself and about our infinite worth. We may think that we play an awesome role in the foundation of building His Kingsom, but Jesus is the “cap stone” the perfectly fitted piece that holds the whole thing together. Without the little adorning pieces, our building would be blah and boring. Here’s to the little pieces!! Joining with you, and all the other Legos to build something beautiful together in 2016. You made me smile and take heart this morning!

  2. Crystal, Thank you for this reminder that we all play a role in the church. I think many of us feel overlooked in the big picture but your blog shows us that the big picture is made up of a lot of tiny, shiny parts that provide color and texture. Ann

  3. Amen Crystal, I am in agreement with you. You are irreplaceable, perfectly equipped, and absolutely necessary to the work God has planned for you! May His blessings of joy, love, peace and kindness be yours!

  4. Thank you for this beautiful gift of encouragement. It takes a lot of pressure off to do more and be more when I just need to be where He has me. May He bless all of your Lego adventures as you play together 🙂

  5. Crystal,
    How timely! God shows us all the puzzle pieces ( little Lego pieces) after the project is completed and helps us to see what an important piece we were in God’s plan. I read this 2 days after I felt like I had failed God and the people present at one of our meetings. I had been called to serve as Praise and Worship leader for our group. The morning I began to lead P&W, the speaker didn’t work, the song recorded on my phone wouldn’t play. God gave me a sense of humor at the time and shared how we need to Praise God in the midst of our frustrations, etc. God turned the frustration into a lesson that was not planned by me. God had a plan and I received comments saying they saw courage in me. HA! Little did they know, it was God who made it look like courage when I was feeling so frustrated. With God nothing is impossible.
    All we have to do is look on how God sent His love to us in the form of a baby, completely dependent on His Mother to take care of Him. We, too are dependent on God, the Father in all we think and do and say.
    Thank you for sending this. I hope this is an encouragement to YOU!
    Blessed New Year!

  6. Beautiful words that resonated deep within me. We all have a purpose on this earth that God created us for, maybe it’s small in our eyes but God sees it as significant. He knows what He’s doing 🙂

  7. I used to feel like a little piece too, and then a bigger one but something was still missing, I like puzzles so that’s more my comparison, and then there’s that game, Jenga, if you move the wrong one, everything falls apart. Those 5,000 piece puzzles are difficult, especially some of those from a company called Bits and Pieces. I told my mother it was like unscrambling an egg, but God’s got all the pieces, He can fit them together.

  8. Crystal,
    I totally get it! The Lego illustration is on point! Just last night I was holding my son’s Lego police car he got for Christmas. And it was missing one of the tiny blue pieces from the top. What is a police car without the red and blue flashes on the top? Yup that one small piece make a HUGE difference. It is encouragement for me to stay the course in my sphere of influence as it plays a necessary part in the BODY of Christ.

  9. Crystal,

    It’s amazing what God will use to teach us lessons! “Maybe you’re starting 2016 and you feel like one of the tiny, overlooked pieces in the kit.” I have felt that way sometimes. Like who needs me I’m not the superstar so why try. God has been showing me that my efforts, no matter how small, are definitely important to the work in His kingdom!! Yay for the diligent behind the scenes workers!
    Blessings 🙂