The Leader of the Reindeer Herd

Since I was a little boy, I loved watching the Christmas Classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Even now, as a grown man, I still love watching it.

Rudolph is the son of Donner, one of Santa’s best reindeer. But, Rudolph has a problem – a bright, red, shiny problem. No matter how hard his parents try to cover it up, eventually, the issue is disclosed. The other reindeer call him names; they don’t include him in reindeer games; and even Santa turns his back on the young deer because he is different.

Do you ever feel like Rudolph? Different. Awkward. Excluded.

I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I am sure every one of us have felt exactly like the Red-Nosed Reindeer at some point in our lives.

Somewhere in the middle of the movie, Rudolph, Herby (the elf who wants to be a dentist), and Cornelius, (a prospector who had never found gold) end up on the “Island of Misfit Toys.” Everyone on the island believed they were outcasts, misfits, fish out of water, and odd. Maybe you’re reading this sentence and thinking, “I need a one way ticket there!”

The reality of Rudolph? He took a journey which changed his heart, his way of thinking, his insides. Because of that journey, others changed as well. When Rudolph returned, his nose stilled glowed; his outward appearance had not been altered; but, who he believed himself to be had changed.

You’re not a misfit. God created you with great intentions. Phil 1:6, “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Each one of us is unique, special, one of a kind, handmade by God. Embrace who you are – even if you find yourself with a bright, red shiny nose! See how God can use it to make you the leader of the reindeer herd.


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