10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

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, there are a lot of valuable lessons in this holiday tale.

What I learned about following God’s path from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer:

  1. We’re all born with a special gift.
  1. At some point we all feel like that special gift is a curse.
  1. Hiding who we really are brings out the bullies and naysayers.
  1. We all need time to mature into our gift.
  1. Trying to live up to the image of who others think we should be won’t bring anything but trouble and heartache.
  1. True friends will see beyond our differences and embrace the essence of who we are.
  1. We’re given that special gift for a reason and a purpose.
  1. Running away from who we are doesn’t ever solve anything.
  1. There will come a time when you have to decide to work within your gift, not around it.

And the best lesson of all . . . 

  1. Being who God meant you to be will bless others as much as you.

How about you? Care to share something you’ve learned from an unlikely source?

Edie Melson About Edie Melson

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker— is the author of numerous books. She’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world in person and on the web. Connect with her on www.EdieMelson.com and on Twitter.

Comments

  1. I really love this, Edie. I especially love this line, “5.Trying to live up to the image of who others think we should be won’t bring anything but trouble and heartache.” In a season filled with expectations, it’s tempting to try to live up to others’ expectations about our lives. This post made me smile, and it spoke straight to my heart!

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  2. Love this, Edie!

    I love all these, especially #7. We’re all here for a purpose and a reason. We are important to God.

    Bless you!

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  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    Love your post, and it’s all so true! What a great message.

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  4. Stacey, thank you! I do think it’s hard to shake off other’s expectations this time of year, at least it is for me. Blessings, E

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  5. Cherie, thank you, and especially thank you for giving me the opportunity to write for you! Blessings, E

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  6. Laurie, thank you for stopping by and for your encouragement! Blessings, E

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