by Edie Melson @EdieMelson
I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that night.
And it occurs to me that, as believers who write, there are a lot of valuable lessons in this holiday tale.
1. We’re all born with a special gift.
2. At some point we all feel like that special gift is a curse.
3. Hiding who we really are brings out the bullies and naysayers.
4. We all need time to mature into our gift.
5. Trying to live up to the image of who others think we should be won’t bring anything but trouble and heartache.
6. True friends will see beyond our differences and embrace the essence of who we are.
7. We’re given that special gift for a reason and a purpose.
8. Running away from who we are doesn’t ever solve anything.
9. There will come a time when you have to decide to work within your gift, not around it.
And the best
lesson of all . . .
10. Being who God meant you to be will bless others as much as you.
How about you?
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