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God and the Planet of Misfit People

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you… God chose things despised by the world,[a] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. – 1 Corinthians 1:26, 28

Nobody wanted J.T. (not his real initials) on their team. I wasn’t chosen first when we picked teams to play softball during recess, but J.T. was always chosen last—if chosen at all. He might have been as good a ballplayer as Jimmy Byrd, but he never got the chance to prove it because he just didn’t fit in. He wore ragged, holey bib overalls to school every day. Nobody else ever wore bib overalls, not in our school. I don’t remember J.T. ever wearing a jacket, even in the middle of winter. He always brought his lunch in a paper bag. I guess he didn’t have the 25 cents needed to buy the school lunch and half-pint of milk. J.T. was a loner, probably not by his choice. I am not proud when I say that “we learned at an early age how to shut out the unwanted”—the outcasts, the misfits.

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J.T. would have felt at home with the shepherds on the night of our “Dear Savior’s birth” (Luke 2:8-20). They, too, were misfits. Their jobs would not allow them to keep all the ceremonial washings and regulations. The good folks questioned their integrity and honestyMost of the Jewish society was happy for them to be in the fields—not in their town. J.T. could easily have been one of those shepherds.

I wish I could see J.T. again. I would like to tell him that God shared the greatest news ever told first to people just like him: “Don’t be afraid!” the angel said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:10-11-10 NLT). The shepherds’ ears were tuned into the wafting wind and bleating sheep. Their eyes focused on enemies that would kill or steal their sheep and on the others in their little colony of outcasts. But that night they saw and heard the armies of heaven and, with great ambition, went to see the Son of God!

I wish I could cup J.T.’s face in my hands and plead, “J.T., that’s you!”

But aren’t we all misfits? Nothing about us is fit for the Kingdom of Heaven.

God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:28-29

So I outstretch my arms to heaven and yell with gusto—MERRY CHRISTMAS, YOU PLANET OF MISFIT PEOPLE! GOOD NEWS TO YOU: DON’T BE AFRAID. CHRIST HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU!

Oh, yeah! I Love Christmas!

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I am a Carrollton native and graduate of Carrollton High and Atlanta Christian College. After 46 years, Linda, the love of my life, and I moved back to Carrollton to join the Southern Hills Christian Church team where my son Shannon is lead pastor. I have two sons, Shannon and Brandon, one daughter, Kristen Ebensberger, and 11 grandchildren.

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  1. Excellent article!
    The titled reminded me of the beloved Christamas cartoon, “Rudolf, the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Remember the isle of misfit toys? No child wants to play with a Charlie-In-The-Box, or a boat that won’t stay afloat, or a bird that swims instead of flys.
    You are correct, we are all misfits in the land of misfit people.
    Praise God that there was one born to teach us that we were made for a purpose. He has a plan for each our lives. We are not a mistake, nor a misfit. We are renewed and made alive by what the world saw as the ultimate misfit – Christ Jesus.
    How comforting it is to rest in the knowledge that He redefined what a misfit is, and I am counted as one of his own.

    • Dale Lovelady says

      So true, Lamar. After I wrote the blog I thought about Rudolph and the isle if misfit toys and decided to make a play on that for the title. Merry Christmas and many blessings on you and yours

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