Being talked about by your friends or people you care about is never good. Being made fun of, or gossiped about, or even bullied can make you feel totally useless.
When your “friends” spread rumors or bring you down, remember this quote from Mark Twain.
“People will always try to bring you down… Small people do that.”
See, the problem isn’t with you. The problem is with the people who are picking on you. You aren’t worthless. The only reason you feel that way is because you value the people who are talking about you more than you should. If you didn’t place such a high value on their opinions, it wouldn’t matter much to you.
“A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinions of sheep.”
-George R.R. Martin
What other people have to offer about you are their opinions of you. You are the authority on you. There is a misconception in the world, and especially among teens, that you are what other people say you are. This couldn’t be any farther from the truth.
If we call a dog a mouse does that make the dog a mouse? No. It’s just a harmless label that may confuse the dog, but it doesn’t change the truth. What others say you are is not what you are. You know who you are. And your Creator knows who you are. Those are really the only two things that are important when it comes to who you are. Who and what you are is not determined by the opinions of other people, for they are imperfect people who are unable to cast judgment.
The one who created you finds value in you.When you see your life through His eyes, you’ll realize your true worth. You are far from worthless. In fact, you are worth a son, sent by his father, to die on a cross to bring you home.