I can remember when I was very young, I would wonder how other people felt. How it was to be them. Looking back, that was a pretty deep thought for a child. Problem is I still wonder. Not to the deep extent that I did back then though. Now my wonderment is clouded with real life, real experiences, real dreams, real disappointments.
What is interesting to me is that I've never cared what someone thought of me. And I think most people do care what others think. Most people put so much into making a good impression, being cool, fitting in with the crowd, etc. that they don't even know who they are. I can't remember a time when I cared one way or another what someone thought of me. It's always been a take it or leave it package.
I love music and right now I'm listening mostly to Contemporary Christian. Mercy Me has a song 'Beautiful' on their new CD Mr. Lovewell. I saw a You Tube video with Bart Millard (lead singer, husband, father) talking about what inspired him to write this song. He talked about his children and the influences of this day and age that caused little girls especially to feel that they could never measure up to what the world expected of them, but that in God's eyes we all are beautiful; splinters & all (this is my take on his statement, but it's a 'need to see it for yourself' thing).
Though I've never given much consideration for other people's opinion about me personally, I can understand that this is an important message for all of us. It's a reminder that even though we generally put labels on each other, God sees us all the same. And He loves us all the same and He is ready to forgive us all the same.
I am thankful for groups like Mercy Me that are not ashamed to stand before the world and our youth to sing the message that God has given them.