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When Misfits Become Kings: Book Study Part 1 (weekly podcast episode #28)

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In today's book study titled, When Misfits Become Kings, Mark Casto delves into the misfits or the people who are seen as "different" or the people who have been cast aside. He writes about how God used such people for greatness and how their being misfits served as one of the key reasons God used them -- David in the bible, being one of them. Have you ever felt like a misfit? Do you feel like a misfit now? If so, join the crowd, I have, as well, and I think I will be a misfit for the rest of my life. It pretty much goes with the territory when one wants to do big things for Jesus, wouldn't you say? So guess what? I'm totally ok with not fitting in.

In the introduction of the book, I'll start off by talking about what I highlighted, which was "something in my longed for more, and I felt like a square peg in a round how, an outsider, a misfit going nowhere very slowly" (pg xxiii roman numeral 23). I highlighted those words, because I could identify with Casto. I too, felt like a square peg in a round hole; an outsider who didn't know where I was going. I often felt like that growing up, but it wasn't no fault of my single mother. She did the best she could and was an awesome mother. I just didn't connect with much of the things that were going on around me. I had a good cadre of friends, Sherry, Allen, Bridget...but I wanted more out of life. I wanted to do bigger things. I used to tell my mother I was going to Hollywood Ma and I was going to be a star. She would always listen, never laughed, and never once said I couldn't do it. She believe in me more than I did. We all need people like that, don't we? 

Anyway, there were times throughout my life when I just felt as though I was here for a reason bigger than myself and for the first time in my life, I am more in touch with God and His plan and purpose for my life, that I offer no explanation or apology to anyone. Not anymore. I think that's why I picked up Casto's book. It made a connection, especially the title. Regarding David, he was restless and had to go on a journey to find himself too. On page roman numeral xxvi, he says, "your God-designed destiny is not controlled by your background or your social or economic status. Rather, it is unlocked through intimacy with the Creator [God] of your future." Well-said, right? 

The bottom line is that if you're feeling like a misfit, it's completely and totally ok. God made each of us unique, so embrace the fact that we're different. We have to refuse to let anybody tell us we need to be cookie-cutter. We have to accept our God-ordained path in order to help ourselves and to help others. Matthew 6:33 says, when we seek God and His righteousness, great things we come to us. Stay the way you are, in Jesus name. 
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