“You can tell a man’s vises by his friends, his virtues by his enemies.” – Ben Domenech.
Often times, bullies attack your virtues. They make fun of your good qualities and make them seem as something bad- a defect that you should be ashamed of.
For example, if a person is kind and gentle, they may be bullied because they’re seen as weak or mistaken for being a suck-up. If a kid has a talent and is proud of his talent, it’s likely that he’s accused of showboating, then bullied and his talent devalued.
If anything should remind you of your value, even in the midst of bullying and persecution, it’s the story of Rudolph. His red nose made him different from the other reindeer and they bullied and persecuted him for it. Even the adult reindeer were mean to Rudolph.
But the very characteristic the other reindeer scorned and made fun of was the thing that would be of the most value later.
In the beginning, no one realized the beauty of Rudolph’s nose. But, in the end, that nose only promoted Rudolph to the lead reindeer to guide Santa’s sleigh through terrible weather conditions and saved Christmas from being cancelled.
Again, the thing that bullies tolerate, or more appropriately, denigrate, may later be the very thing people celebrate. You may be bullied and friendless now, but don’t be so quick to condemn yourself to “the island of misfit toys.”
Why? Because Rudolph, Hermie the misfit elf who wanted to be a dentist, and the misfit toys eventually found acceptance and love.
And the thing about you that people ridicule and deem different now could later be the very thing that launches you to unimaginable heights!
The show is a children’s Christmas classic but it sends a very grown-up message.
Don’t give up. Stand strong. Value yourself even if others don’t. You don’t know what God has in store for you down the road.
With knowledge comes empowerment!