Posted by: New in Every Way | April 2, 2012

An Original — Better Than a Copy

Sometimes, you have to find out who you are not before you figure out who you are. One of my favorite examples is an amusing story shared by  Joyce Meyer in one of her audio teaching tapes. As a young wife and mother, she wanted to be as good a homemaker as other women she knew. So she set out to learn such womanly arts as sewing and canning.

One of her projects was to make a shirt for her husband. . . . It was a disaster. For one thing, a sleeve was sewn shut. Dave could not have worn it if he tried.

After flops in several areas, Joyce realized she simply was not the “happy homemaker” type.

What type is she? Well, she is featured on the cover of the April 2012 Charisma magazine, after authoring “more than 90 books, including many New York Times best-sellers. Her TV and radio broadcasts span the globe, reaching . . . two-thirds of the world . . . What began more than 36 years ago as a simple Bible study has grown into a ministry that today employs almost 900 people around the world.” A portion of those employees serve in the missions arm of her ministry.

Copycatting other women did not work for Joyce. Copycatting won’t work for you or me, either, because God doesn’t make copies. Each of us is an original masterpiece. And you know an original is better than a copy.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). 

Make it personal

  • Are you trying to “measure up” to people around you? Will that help you discover who God made you to be?
  • Have you doubted your own thoughts, desires, and plans because they don’t match those of anyone around you? Of course, they don’t! If they had those thoughts, desires, and plans, God would not have had to make you.
  • How poor will your world be if you do not offer your smile, share your thoughts, and do what you do best?

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