Building the Kingdom, Brick by Brick

When Alex’s brother got Lego sets for Christmas, he’d always end up asking his big sister for help. ‘It would take me like months to build a little truck!’ she admitted. But on Nine’s Lego Masters, you had less than twelve hours to build some of the most elaborate creations ever assembled.

You might think that pressure could get a bit stressful, but not for Josh Taylor. Talking to Alex on 180, he told her his biggest regret about his time on the show was not always seeming to enjoy himself. ‘I just probably would tell my past self to smile a little more,’ he said. ‘On camera I was so serious all the time.’

He and teammate Trent made it all the way to third place, so you might be surprised to know they only met four days before filming started. ‘The first time we ever built together was episode 1. So we were kind of on the back foot in that sense,’ Josh said.

‘We didn’t really know what we were good at, what our strengths and weaknesses were as a team, how we could work together. It took us a few episodes to find our rhythm, and once we did, we started winning quite a few, and we were like: “Wow, we’re actually contenders for this thing.”’

GOD REALLY USES EVERY OPPORTUNITY FOR HIS GLORY

Between episodes, they hung out at the hotel, practicing new techniques and ideas. But Josh says they all supported one another and would often share tips and tricks. ‘We just help each other out so much, because we all wanted everyone’s models to be the best, and we all want to be competing with the best.’

Josh and the other contestants also got time to share their faith journeys, and you might be surprised by how many Lego Masters are also Christians. One of the competitors was the daughter of Andrew McDonough, creator of the popular Lost Sheep children’s books.

When he’s not building incredible creations, Josh works as a school Chaplain. He says his time on Lego Masters has been a great conversation starter. A lot of people get inspired by what you build, and they want to build more and stuff. Other people just want to chat to you, and that gives you the opportunity to have conversations with people that you probably wouldn’t have before.’

And of course his time on the show also gave him a chance to share his story on places like Eternity News, and on 180. ‘I’d just say that God really uses every opportunity for His glory. I kind of went into this going this looks like a really fun experience, and I just thank God so often for allowing me to go on this journey.’

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