The Island of Misfit Toys

"Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important."  1 Corinthians 1:26-28

I love the story of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.  It's a story about being different and not really fitting in.  It is a story about misfits, about people and things the world sees as second-rate, nothings.  It's a story about not being liked; about being despised and rejected.  And, it's a beautiful story of redemption, too.

Can you relate to the story?

Not long ago I was on a business trip, walking to a meeting with a lady I barely knew.  As we passed by a church, she remarked that it was a place filled with a bunch of losers and rejects who call themselves Christians.

"Yes, people like me," I said.

The woman was stunned when I shared with her that I was a Christian, and that Jesus was very real to me.  He found me on the Island of Misfit Toys at a very young age and He loved me.  Like Rudolph when Clarice tells him she thinks he's cute, He makes me want to leap for joy because of His great love for me!

We're all misfits.  Maybe some flaws are more obvious than others, but we all need His redeeming love--no matter how old we are, or what we’ve done in life.

Isaiah 61:3 says, "To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.  In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory."

Do you know Him?  If you know Him, are you sharing Him?

His workshop could use an elf who dreams of being a dentist today.

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