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He says there are those who create and those who copy. But aren’t we all imitators in a way? Aren’t we the composite of thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Aren’t we all saying things that have been said a million times over, echoed throughout history and laid down in texts scratched on papyrus and stamped in clay. Don’t we all have a common story? Hasn’t the sun grown weary of the things seen?
So why is my story worth telling? Why do I sit staring at the curser blinking dully on the screen, taunting me to push it further down the screen with words that speak my story out loud, spilling bits of soul stuff and God stuff and life stuff for all the world to see? Why should we risk diving in and saying anything when there is a good chance that there is someone out there saying the exact same thing, only better?
Because he’s right. There is a difference between those who create and those who copy. The copiers will never lead, never forge ahead pushing past safe words. They will never make art that costs something, make art that matters.
They will never make the sacrifices it takes to prize what Christ is doing in their lives. Never risk sharing the scary parts, never risk being thought well of, never risk losing it all to gain life. Never admit how desperately lost they are without true inspiration that comes from seeing God’s beauty.
The copier will never stake their life for their art. They will never be what they claim to aspire to. They are inexhaustible about that which they know, or think, or believe but the copier will change as rapidly as the tides, married to the current and swayed across the sands of time.
So yes, we all imitate. There is nothing new that has not been done. Nothing that hasn’t been poured on the page or spoken throughout the years. But who are we imitating? Who are we inspired by? All beauty is God’s beauty. If there is any art made by my hands, let it be an imitation of Christ alone.
I don’t know about you but I have missed this wonderful group of bloggers who gathers every Friday to encourage, engage, and equip each other to be better writers, better followers of Christ’s grace, better friends and mothers and wives. It all happens over at Lisa Jo’s place. We put down pretenses and platitudes and span hearts and souls and faith in just 5 minutes. No backtracking. No editing. Just write. All is grace here. Join in.
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Here are the Rules to play
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..