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Are You A Charlie In The Box?

I have a very important question to ask you.

Maybe you love this Christmas-y time of year, kind of like Sam the talking snowman in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Maybe you’re having a holly, jolly Christmas..  Perhaps your days are filled with silver and gold.

But here is what I want to ask you.

Are you a Charlie in the Box?

The Rudolph TV special has been around since 1964.  It airs on the first Tuesday of December each year.  It is four years older than me.

And it includes that memorable scene set on the Island of Misfit Toys.

One of the characters, of course, is the Charlie in the Box.  Not a Jack in the Box of us played with.  A Charlie.  And who wants a Charlie in the Box?

Charlie longs to be the object of a child toy obsession.  He wants to be something that is played with.   The problem is that he is miscast as something he is not.

He is put in a box.

Many of us are put into a box.

Maybe as a child someone put you in a box and determined what your career would be.  However, it is something you do not dream of.

Perhaps your employer doesn’t know what to do with you because you don’t fit inside the box they have designed for you.

Maybe your church hasn’t figured out what to do with you yet because you don’t do things exactly the way they want you to.

What do you do?

First, don’t let someone force you in a box that you don’t belong in.  Pray about it.  Ask the Lord to show you what He wants you to do and be.

Second, communicate with them what about your dreams and desires.  Maybe there is another opportunity for you.

Finally, don’t be content with the status quo.  Be patient, but don’t settle.  Don’t give up.

Rudolph told Santa about the misfit toys.  He picked up them  and delivered them to boys and girls who were happy to have them.

Charlie got to make a child happy.

Have you ever felt like a misfit toy? 

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  1. December 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I feel fortunate and blessed in that my parents, especially my mom, did not try to put me in a box and say, “Here is what you must do for your life.” She let me choose. I did try to live in a box once…spiritually. I put God there and thought that was the way He operated. Wrong. He kept popping up and saying, “Pop! let me out of here!”

    • December 12, 2012 at 5:32 am

      The Lord won’t really let anyone put Him in a box, will He?

  2. December 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Almost everyday I worked where you currently are working.

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