Are you a copycat?
I know, right? Strange question. Let me explain.
I love this Scripture from Ephesians 3:10: “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.”
God is not one-dimensional—He is "manifold." By divine design, He’s created each individual to display and manifest an authentic aspect of who He is to the world. Our organizations should be unique, creative expressions of who He is, so the world around us can get to know Him.
Yet so many times, we are merely copycats of others: we choose the easy route by finding someone else who has a measure of success, and modeling our organization after them in an attempt to attain greatness. We look at big organizations and try to be become like them.
I know it's tempting to copy ideas, models, and approaches based on established success stories. However, instead of staying relevant by copying someone else's ideas, God wants us to create relevance—to set the standard. He wants us to become an expression of His divine inspiration which, by definition, is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Ephesians 3:10 says that the principalities and powers need to be confronted by the infinitive spectrum of diverse creative expressions that display who He is. And He wants to do that through you and me! Don't be a copycat! Instead, tap into the unique inspiration inside of you—become who you are supposed to be. Be a change agent. Let your organization be one-of-a-kind.
Stop looking for "the next big thing" by modeling after others. Don't borrow other people's ideas. Those things produce mediocrity at best, because they were never meant for you in the first place. Today, seek inspiration for new and creative ideas–– ones that will truly make a difference. You will be surprised what you will receive. Be someone who will make known yet another aspect of His manifold wisdom that has never been seen before!
Martijn van Tilborgh is the co-founder of Kidmin Nation, owner of Four Rivers Media and Kudu Publishing, and is a renowned author, speaker, and leader in the marketing and communications space. books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development.
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