Don’t feel bad dog. Poor thing. His owner gets him all excited about who’s this good boy and all the while it’s him. He probably wants to meet this good boy and give him a paw shake because he hears nothing but good things about this “Good boy.” Here he is greeting his owner every day at the door and holding his pee for hours until his owner gets home, only for this “Good Boy” to get all the credit. I don’t know why but I just kind of got upset too. Anyways, how many of us find ourselves worrying about the wrong things? My advice to you and our K9 friend is don’t care yourself to death… Think about those words carefully. I’m not saying don’t care but I am saying don’t care so much that you begin to worry or that it kills you. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what our friends think, or if we made our parents proud, how does social media portray us or will someone accept us? When we become wrapped up in someone else idea of who we are, we lose our identity and the very thing that sets us apart from everyone else. The fact of the matter is that we hate to let people down, even if that means compromising how we feel or what we believe. We hate to let them down because of FEAR… Fear that we won’t be accepted, appreciated and loved. This is why it’s so hard for teens dealing with peer pressure. They want to be a part of the crowd and socially accepted so they say yes even if they know it’s a bad idea. Adults are peer pressured as well. It may not be on the same scale as a teen but sometimes it’s an even larger scale. Sometimes we put the pressure on ourselves. We see how big “The Jones” house is and how perfect their lawn is and the greenery is out of this world! The next thing you know we’re swimming in dept trying to keep up with the Jones’s. Then we find out that the Jones grass is out of this world but so is their minds! They’re all looney. Their whole family is like a family out of a crazy movie where everything has to be perfect. They never let their baby outside to play in the dirt and here you are with Todd Jr. and Randy and they’re not only playing in the dirt but rolling around in it. They’ve poured water in the dirt and made and tried a mud pie at least twice. The Jones look at you from across the lawn and shake their heads in disgust. Even the 11 month old baby Jones takes his paci out of his mouth and shakes his head. You try to hurry and dust your kids off but they were having so much fun and that’s when you realize. You don’t have what it takes to be a Jones but, that’s ok. You would rather be true to yourself instead of being true to someone else’s idea of who you should be. I think it’s time that we realize that we’re the good boy, girl, lady or man. Be happy with your love handles or your big nose or your crooked toe. Don’t kill yourself trying to be someone else. There are far more important issues at hand than caring about what someone else thinks of you. How do you feel about yourself? Are you keeping it 100 with you or with everyone else? If you’re only keeping it real with everyone else then you’re living a lie…We need to worry more about our purpose in life and pleasing God because pleasing people will get you in a hell of a lot of trouble.
John 21: 15-17