Lord have mercy.
WHY dear son? Why are you afraid to be unpopular?
It is the lowliest - the most heinous of COWARDS that fears the laughter of such mere mortals... these low-life teeny-boppers. Does it really matter what they think? Why are you out to impress anyone?
If you care what mere mortals think of you - then you have already received your reward in full.
God is the only one who knows EVERY SINGLE WORD that was EVER SPOKEN TO YOU.... from the day you were born until the day you die.
Therefore He is the ONLY one who makes a perfect judge of you.
*Their* opinion doesn't count.
My opinion doesn't count.
Even your OWN opinion of you doesn't count.
The one and ONLY opinion of you that counts belongs to the one who made you.
Why degrade yourself by worshipping their opinons of you? This is detestable. Why degrade yourself by worshipping any created thing, rather than the Creator of all things?
There are only three negative emotions - anger, fear and sadness - and variations of them.
Because we are trained to hide our weaknesses and show our strengths, people use anger as their 'go-to' emotion when they are (in reality) hurting.
The advertising industry programmed us to think we don't have enough. It sells their products and drives the economy. They want you to think you're not good enough. Not cooool enough.
They made you insecure.
'THINK AHEAD' they told you as a child... but think about what? You control nothing. Thinking ahead inspires fear of what's coming - which is anxiety.
Feel sorry for yourself, cuz no one else will?
That hook will drag you into a deep deep pit of depression. Sadness created by crippling self-concern. Helping others gets your mind off of you and the inevitable morbid self obsession.
Anger becomes a 'go-to' emotion - they can't deal with people and don't want to show them the are sad, lonely and hurt.
Let it go people. Anger is NOT a god... it is not protecting you... it is destroying you... ruining your life.
Forgive. Most things can be brushed off. For deep betrayal, or wilful wrongs against you... forgive them because you need forgiveness too....
And if you don't forgive, God will not forgive you.
All these things are lessons that Jesus taught me... just a few of countless lessons on my journey with him. Make him the Lord of your life: make him your bomb shelter; he will protect you and set you free. He is the way and the truth and the life, and you will finally enjoy yours and be a blessing to others if you humble yourself and seek mercy from him.
God bless you on your journey.