12-8-19 – ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!: Freeing Yourself from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Follow Your Star into Your Future’, Part II

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12-8-19 – ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!: Freeing Yourself from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Follow Your Star into Your Future’, Part II

Today’s Notes:
I – “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a song by songwriter Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company. Gene Autry’s recording hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949.
– Wikipedia

II – “Being an atheist is okay. Being an atheist and shaming religions and spirituality as silly is not okay. Being a Christian is okay. Being homophobic, misogynistic, racist, or otherwise hateful person in the name of Christianity is not okay. Being a reindeer is okay. Bullying and excluding another reindeer because he has a shiny red nose is not okay.”
– Author Unkown

“All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games…”

To everyone who has ever been marginalized, ostracized, or made fun of because something about you is different, or considered to be odd by the mainstream, let me encourage you to embrace the ‘Gospel According to Rudolph’ and be inspired to celebrate the very thing that sets you apart from the herd…the uniqueness or eccentricity that made the others laugh at you, or make you feel less than, is the very thing that the world needs, even though they don’t know it yet…and when the right time comes, the thing that they thought was weird about you will be exactly what makes you so special and valuable, and will cause you to lead the pack…

When the lyric says,
“Then how all the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
You’ll go down in history”,

It always makes me think of when Joseph’s brothers finally realized how amazing his gift was…it was a long time coming for him, but his latter was most definitely greater than his former at the end of Genesis…so hang on…your “foggy Christmas Eve” is coming…
– Jim Swilley

IV – “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
(Matthew 5:5 – The Message)

V – Meme (cartoon of Rudolph)
They used to laugh and call him names. Now they call if Bullyin

VI – Meme (see thumbnail)
Photographic evidence That Rudolph Wasn’t Allowed to Play Reindeer Games…

VII – “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
(Proverbs 22:6 – AMPC)