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A Lesson From the Most Famous Reindeer of All

You can learn from any source anywhere if you'll only take the time to really listen as ;Harrell Tolbert reminded us this past Wednesday night. Let me illustrate.

The Christmas Classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has for years been one of my !favorite Christmas shows. It was one of the small handful of cartoons that we used to watch during the holidays growing up. I still like to watch it.

I watch it because it's a tradition, because it has fun, clean, memorable traditions, and !because I like Burl Ives' voice as the snowman/narrator. I've never really considered it a source `to learn from, however. That is until I read a story of a lady reading the story of Rudolph to her 13 year-old grandchild during the holidays. The book read,... "now Rudolph was different than all the other reindeer..."

What makes Rudolph different than all the other reindeer? Why, it's his red nose, of course, even a three-year-old would know that. This grandmother innocently asked her 3 year-old 'grandchild, "What makes Rudolph different than the other reindeer?" Quick as could be the little child replied, "God."

Matthew 21:16 - "and they said to him, 'Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, 'Yes, have you never read, Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise?"'

Are you different? Do you feel a little odd, peculiar, weird (emphasis Tim Parish)? God created us and it was He who decided that no two people would be the same. Those from the school that say we must all think just alike have missed that it was God who made us individuals with free wills and various personalities.

Now, I don't know the reason God chose to make all of us different. Maybe He thought He would get bored with us if we were all a bunch of clones, but I know that He did.

Consider the following verses: Titus 2:14, I Peter 2:9, Romans 12:4, I Cor. 12:12, Eph. x4:15-16.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward