God Only Creates Originals
By Debbie Rodgers
- One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century was carbon copying. The copier, more commonly referred to as the Xerox machine, enabled us tremendous efficiency by allowing us to reproduce material again and again. However, the copies, as everyone knows, were never quite as good as the original. As a matter of fact, the further away we got from the original, the lesser the quality.
What if God had a divine Xerox machine and He just duplicated, collated and mass produced the human race? But, He doesn’t. He seems to like originals. After all, He keeps creating people who are different and unique. It’s the human race that doesn’t seem to appreciate this concept. In this world there appears to be an on-going struggle between being one’s self and being a copy of someone else.
I have realized in my own life that I have often sought to copy someone else's thoughts, style, personality or even career, rather than just realizing my own. The further away I get from the original me, the more I lose quality of life. Everywhere I turn I am offered an alternative to being me.
Friends, media, or popular culture, all offer options to being ourselves and make it difficult to accept our own uniqueness. We end up comparing ourselves with others instead of being ourselves. I am convinced that inner peace is related to genuineness - which means accepting and loving our God created uniqueness.
Recently, I watched a program on PBS about new scientific findings related to the universe. What I heard amazed me and enlarged my thinking about God's creativity. Many of these experts had thought that the universe was sort of like an explosion where material was sent out through force, eventually losing power and coming back to the level it began; thus ending the universe. Scientists are now discovering that instead of the universe coming to an end, it is actually expanding by millions upon millions of miles per year.
The concept of a growing universe has given me a fresh perspective about God's creativity. A growing universe makes sense to me. Since I truly believe in an eternal God, I can also believe in eternal creativity. Simply put, God's creativity never ends. My faith level automatically increases as I consider the implications of how big God must be to create a universe that continues to expand. Through this effort to grasp how great God is, I find myself humbled that He, for some reason, cares about me. He is not only concerned about His creation; He loves what He creates.
I am finding that to become the original me who God created takes more time and focus asking Him for clarity and less time and focus asking others. After all, who better to define creation than the Creator? In the Bible, in the book of Matthew, Jesus says to come to Him. This becomes more inviting to me as I read on to the next verse, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I think whenever we strive to live someone else's life, we become stressed out by the difficulty and weight of a burden God never intended us to bear. I have personally decided that I have been spending too much of my life at the copy machine. As I let God take from me the struggle of trying to become a duplicate of someone else, I breathe a sigh of relief. You know, that darn copier was always breaking down anyway.
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Debbie Rodgers is a sixth generation Texan and a graduate from the University of Texas in Austin. She started DRodgersGroup,Inc. over 15 years ago with a focus on corporate training and development. Themes of her life message focus on inspiring individuals to live proactively, improving interaction with others through understanding, and living life on genuine terms.
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