If you have never had the privilege of seeing this amazing movie, let me tell you a bit of the story. Rudolph is born and even his dad is embarrassed by him, covering up his bright red nose. Imagine the sadness he must have felt when his father even rejected him because he was different. So he grows up and goes to school with the other reindeer his age and of course they make fun of him and his nose as well as his teacher, one of Santa's famous reindeer - Comet. They all reject him simply because he is different, he has a red nose, something they have never seen before. I mean, even Santa rejects him! WHAT?!?! I have compiled a clip with these scenes below.
After a few more adventures and being saved by his father, Yukon, and Herbie, he returns home with his family. A HUGE snowstorm comes and Santa and the other reindeer realize that the only way to save Christmas is using Rudolph and his bright, shiny, red nose to lead the way. After stoping at the Island of Mis-fit Toys to be delivered to children around the world, they head off to complete the task of saving Christmas and brining joy to every child's life. See the video below for a clip of that.
Rudolph, Herbie and the mis-fit toys allowed the people around them to steal their joy. They allowed their peers to take away their confidence, their self-image, their purpose in life. How many times do we allow others to do the same to us?? I know there have been so many times in my life that I have been so excited about something but because someone laughed at it or the fear of being laughed at has kept me from actually doing it. I don't sing very often in public because I am super self-conscious about it because of some words that were spoken over me 20 years ago.
Why do we do that??? Why do we allow Satan to distort what God made beautiful?? Why do we allow Satan to affect us for so long?? God has created each and every one of us to do something special and He created us just the way we are. God has a purpose for us (see Jeremiah 29:11-14, Jeremiah 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 4:12) and He thinks very highly of us (see Psalm 139:13-18) and even if we screw up or something bad happens to us God can and will turn all of that around for His glory and purpose if we let him.
So many years of my have been wasted because of fear of rejection or because some words spoken over/to me stopped me dead in my tracks. i was reading the blog of a girl I used to babysit and she had this to say, "my point is that when people laugh at you, things you were never hesitant about become things you’re scared of or things you want to hide. we have a tendency to hide the things that are closest to our hearts, which is perfectly natural and good at times, but you have to share things with people in order for that relationship to grow and that last thing you should have to worry about is them laughing at your dreams, or your fears, or your burdens, or your gifts, anything." How wise this young lady has become and how true are these words.
The next time someone says something negative about you and the way you look or laughs at your dreams or rejects you completely, remember the ONE who created you, the ONE that loves you no matter what, the ONE that not only would lay down His life for you, but DID, the ONE who speaks life over you every single night, the ONE whose thoughts about you outnumber the grains of sand. Allow HIM to show you who you really are and allow HIM to reveal the reason you are the way you are, the reason you were created!! There is so much FREEDOM in just being you!!