The Island of Misfit Toys and Mighty Men

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Does anyone remember the old Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer movie, you know the one when he goes to the island of misfit toys. There was quite the group of toys on the island right? You know a bird that swims, a cowboy who rides an ostrich, a train with square wheels on his caboose, two teddy bears (one on a bicycle and one with wings), a boat that doesn’t float, a set of clown nesting dolls with a wind-up mouse as the last one, a water pistol that shoots jelly, a plane that can’t fly, and a scooter with two wheels in front and one in back. Anyone else ever feel like they belong on the holland of misfit toys? Or am I alone in this?

Sometimes God uses misfits to become mighty men (and women. David’s mighty men were not known warriors. “So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented until David was the captain of about 400 men.” (1 Samuel 22:1-2). In their day they probably would have thought they belonged on the island of misfit toys. God drew them to a great leader and they became known as David’s mighty men. You will see that they were in trouble, in debt or discontented. We often find ourselves in those places and think there is no way we can do anything great for Him.

Perhaps that is exactly why David’s mighty men came from less than perfect backgrounds, to show us that we can be used because of our imperfections and not in spite of them. Today are we sitting there feeling sorry for ourselves of have we made a decision to become one of the mighty men (or women)? I know for me, it is hard to not discount myself from being mighty in anyone’s eyes because I feel like a misfit toy but God has called us all to be mighty. So today remember that even David’s mighty men came from less than honorable places.

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