With all the holiday movies airing on TV this time of year, I’m reminded of one I grew up watching. Rudolph The Red Nosed-Reindeer.
Poor Rudolph. 😦 How would you like to be laughed at and called names and never let join in any reindeer games?
For those of you that have watched it, do you remember when Rudolph and his new found friends, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius, flee to the Island of Misfit Toys, an island filled by abandoned toys with idiosyncrasies?
Have you ever thought about what it must be like being a misfit?
Most of us try so hard our entire lives just to fit in. We all want to be like everyone else. We don’t want to be different. To stand out from the crowd. We want everyone to accept us and like us. We achieve our self worth from the acceptance of others.
I’ve finally realized that my self-worth does not come from other’s opinions of me at all. As hard as I have tried over the years, I don’t fit in in many of my surroundings. I probably never really did. At home. At work.
I am a misfit! But regardless, Jesus still loves me.♡ I have discovered that people who understand that they are the misfit toys in this world are some of Jesus’s favorite people.
For our God does not call the qualified. Those already equipped. He qualifies and equips the called. He uses His glory to shine through the common man. Look at everyone Jesus hung out with. The twelve disciples. Misfit toys that included tax collectors, prostitutes, murderers, and drunks. Those that needed a savior.
For those of us that accept we’re outsiders of this world, we’ve already experienced the grief of exclusion and have learned to find peace amidst it. It’s prepared us to accept Jesus’s invitation to follow Him. Misfit toys wait and wait to be invited to the party, to be included and to be loved, and when Jesus extends such an invitation, they graciously accept. Right now! They are not like their counterparts that have no need for Jesus’s love and commandments at this place in their life.
Being a Misfit Toy in God’s Kingdom probably won’t earn you a lot of popularity in today’s world.
Depending on where you live, like Jesus, it quite possibly could even get you killed.But I promise, being a Misfit Toy in the Kingdom of God is the place to be. It’s where you’ll find peace and joy and contentment. It’s where you’ll find life different from anything you could experience anywhere else.
Here’s to the misfits! Let’s all open our hearts to them! 🙂 Let’s help them all find homes. Let’s help them feel loved and accepted just as they are. God’s creation. They all may not go down in history as Rudolph did, but their value is just as priceless.
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, 1 Corinthians 1:28
Love and laughter,