[should we or should we not care?]

[should we or should we not care?]

A friend of mine, Andrei, writes songs.

He just started a couple of years ago, but I can tell he’s got the passion and the gift for it, even if there are still things to learn.

The other day he was joking again about a song he started writing and then stopped… because he realized that the first couple of words and even the tune were quite like that of another song. We laughed about the fact he has listened to Hillsong music for so long that the tunes are stuck in his brain for a long time now.

This morning, as I was running around my apartment, trying to figure out all I need to do to get ready for work, his version of the song made a path into my mind and I found myself singing it.

As the realization came, I tried to remember the Hillsong words and when I did, I thought I actually prefer Andrei’s version.

Hillsong’s version goes like this:

I don’t care what they say about me
It’s alright, alright
I don’t care they think about me
It’s alright, they’ll get it one day

My friend’s lyrics:

I don’t care what happened yesterday,
It’s all gone.
Your mercy has been renewed this morning.

A lot of people have asked me “Why do you care so much what people think of you?”

Seriously… Why do I bother that some think I’m a geek (sometimes even bordering on nerd) who believes in God? That is true.

Listening to myself humming the song, I thought back to all the conversations about Christianity and religion I have discussed with my teammates.

It is important what people think of us. 

It is extremely important what people think of us.

For some people, I might be the only example of a Christian that person will see.

Granted, I still love DC Talk’s Jesus Freak. If people say I am a Jesus Freak, well… so be it.

I guess what I am trying to say is that we have to be careful that we’re not careless about the fact that we are representing Christ to this world.

It is quite a responsibility that we’ve got.

It is a good kind of responsibility, however.

Do you care what people think of you?

  • Today I was told that some people were using my name to make a point. I had mistakenly told someone a grievance and she shared it with someone else and now its all out war. Then other things were said that made me to feel like I was the common denominator of why things fall apart. It was hurtful and I’m still upset about it. So yes, I do care. And it sucks when people run your name through the mud and use you as an example even though they don’t know you. It matters because now I’m seen as some fire starter when I was trying to lay low. And now my reputation is crap — who can see Jesus in that?

    • ((((hug)))) It does suck when you’re stuck in the middle… Been there, done that – and know what you feel (at least I think I do…)

  • I think we all care what others think…whether we will admit it or not. I care, but I should not allow it dominate my thinking nor my course. BTW: I like your friend’s words and they don’t remind me of Hillsong’s at all. 🙂

    • You’re right, Bill – they shouldn’t dominate our thinking or course… This is one of the hardest balances to keep, however – at least for me…

      Thanks – I will tell him.

  • I used to care, until I found out the truth and the truth let me down. These days while I am not complete anti-social, I do border on it.

    • Sometimes I am tempted to become anti-social as well (or at least come close to the edge) – seems easier that way, at times.

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