A Tribute to My Hair

As I’ve mentioned recently, I struggle with insecurity and trying to measure my worth by my abilities, characteristics, and performance.

When I was in elementary school, I was a dork, and some kids made fun of my hair.  Ever since then, I’ve struggled with insecurity about how my hair looks.  “Will people think my hair is cool, or will they think I’m a dork?”

Well, just over a week ago, my friend and fellow staffer, Michael Wallace, preached the weekend message at Faith Promise Church, and at the beginning, he included a comment about my hair.  Saying it was as compliment might be a stretch, but it still made my day.  In fact, I cropped out the video so I can watch it whenever I want to.

It’s embarrassing to write this post, but I’m doing it for a couple of reasons:

1) To thank Michael Wallace. :)

2) To make the point that our insecurities create a black hole within us that can never really be satisfied with compliments.  Heck, someone even mentioned my hair from a stage in front of hundreds of people, but that didn’t cure my insecurity.  Instead, we have to learn to think more about others and less about ourselves.  We can let our insecurities fill us with fear and keep us from connecting with others, or we can choose to ignore our discomfort and think about how we can make a difference in the lives of the people around us.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve wasted enough time worrying about myself.

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7 thoughts on “A Tribute to My Hair

  1. Great hair, bro! Love the facial expression.

    My wife says, “Oh, no. He’s just like you!!!”

    … and I agree with your post. I need to worry less about my appearance and focus on the needs of others.

  2. … for the record, you were not a dork in elementary school. You’ve always been the coolest guy on the inside, and that is wear it counts. So maybe your hair wasn’t in style, but you’ve always had the best heart and compassion for others. That is what makes you cool in my book.

  3. It would be pretty easy to prove that most people are worried about what other people will say or think. That show on ABC What would you do, documents time after time people not getting involved, and I think the main reason is fear.

    I was using the restroom several years ago at the food city in Maryville and walked by the office and the manager was screaming at two teenage boys. I walked in, told him his behavior was innappropriate, and he had better be glad one of those kids was not my son. How many people would have just walked by and said nothing because they are afraid?

    I like to do funky stuff with my hair, I have been doing it since high school, but I do it because I like it.

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