In 2001, the film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys appeared on television in celebration of the Holiday season. If you're not familiar with the film, it is a tale of a reindeer named Rudolph who has a nose that shines brightly red and toys that were not made perfectly in Santa's workshop. Rudolph was made fun of and did not have many friends because he stood out differently than the other reindeer. Many of the other reindeer laughed and called him names. Rudolph was very shy and felt very humiliated. His mother would always tell him that he was created special and one day he would realize that. Well, one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight. Then all the other reindeer loved him and he shouted out with Joy. From then on, Rudolph went down in history for saving Christmas and he leads Santa's sleigh every year.
In the bible we see similar stories such as the story of David. David was a smaller boy, he was not as big as his brothers or even the men of an army. But there came an appointed time that he was needed. David, with only a sling shot and a rock, took down Goliath. Goliath was a furious giant, no one could defeat him, not even the armies. Yet, God called a young man named David to defeat him. Then who could forget about Moses, Moses was a man that was terrified of speaking in front of others, when God called him at the appointed time, he was very fearful. He felt inadequate and not worthy. God spoke to him, and told him to lean on him for help and He will fulfill His promise to him. Moses, getting over his fears, spoke to his people, and led them out of slavery.
Now, I know you're wondering what does a fictional movie and those biblical characters have to do with anything, but that is very similar to the life of a believer. We are called by God and set apart for a very appointed time. There came a day where Rudolph was needed and what seemed to be an irregularity or weird, is actually what was needed for him to lead the way and make history. There are times where we stick out like sore thumbs, because we do not fit into the worlds stereotypes and trends. While the world searches for perfection, we understand that we will never be perfect according to the world's system. We see the world differently than others may and we are definitely unique. At times this can become burdensome and after a while we feel inadequate or like a failure. Genesis 1:27 says, "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." We were created to resemble God and all His greatness. At times as believers we are so focused on being perfect and put together before the world that we forget that it is in our weakness that allows God to be strong for us (2 Corinthians 12:10). Whether you are a college student, janitor, retail worker, teacher, celebrity, doctor, lawyer, or any other occupation (even unemployed) God loves us all the same. Embrace your uniqueness, your failures and downfalls. For the bible tells us in Romans 8:28, "that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." No matter what your situation may be at the moment remember, "the Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed." (Psalm 34:18) God loves the fatherless, the broken, the widows, and the poor, just as much as He loves anyone else. God has never called us to be exactly the same, nor has He called us to be perfect. He called us to be His and He is our Savior.
"Understand that God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the ones He called, which are His children."
God, I thank you for creating me in your image and allowing me to embrace being uniquely me. I pray that I learn to embrace the differences and trust that your plan for my life will be more than I can think or imagine, as promised in Ephesians 3:20. God give me the strength and contentment needed to endure this journey. I want to be patient so that your complete work can be done in my life. Thank you for qualifying me, the child whom you've called. Equip me to do your work and enjoy my life to the fullest. I ask these things with a heart of gratitude, In your Son Jesus name, Amen.
Remember: We will never be perfect, but our imperfections are what make us human and the reason why we needed a savior. He first loved us and there is nothing that can remove His love for us. As his children we should strive to obey Him in all we do, for Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will." Be glad that you are God's loved Misfit, you were never meant to fit into this world, which is a treasure, not a misfortune.
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Clarissa C. Burton, M.S.W
Devoted to guiding others toward living a life they don't need a vacation from.