Most often a song is sung best by the original artist. And on occasion someone comes along who does it better, but it’s always with their own stamp. They tweak it a little to make it fit their style. Never, never, NEVER does anyone perform a song like the original artist and do it complete justice. Like I said, when they DO it’s because they’ve done it THEIR way and not the original artist’s way!
Remember that old saying, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? And it is no doubt, but there’s something a little annoying about being copied, isn’t there? Especially if you’ve worked really hard to be yourself, and unique.
On the flip side, most of us have had someone we’ve admired and then began copying because we wanted to be like them. I know I have. Believe it or not, when I was a teenager I loved Dolly Parton, and for a VERY short season wanted to be a country music artist. Note I said VERY short;) It’s a little different for me now, because I don’t have those childish obsessions over people. But I do admire people and their abilities. I recently read Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts and had a really tough time not being influenced by her writing. I found myself having a writing identity crisis. Lost my own style for a bit. I saw myself mimicking her style in my writing, and for some reason so easy for me to do. Now, I’m back to my old self, but while I was reading her book, it was tough.
Here’s my point, don’t be a copy cat!
Be who God created YOU to be. What were you made for? How did He design you?
Whatever you do, don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t measure yourself against everyone else’s standards. Don’t try to be what He’s created someone else to be. It’s one thing to be inspired and admire others, it’s quite another to copy and compare! Let God do the measuring. He designed you just the way He wanted you for such a time as this, and He makes NO mistakes.
Maybe you look in the mirror and just don’t see it, His perfection. Maybe you see ordinary you with no great abilities. Listen, God has all the ability you need. If ordinary you is willing to say YES to Him and His plans for you, He will turn your ordinary into extraordinary! But ONLY HE can do that!
Surely there’s something about you that’s uniquely you. You must be great at something. Maybe it’s the gift of putting people at ease, or working with children, or serving others. I know you have it in you. If you don’t have a clue what IT is, pray and ask God to show it to you. He will. He’ll bring it to your attention:)
So don’t sing someone else’s song and be an imitation, mediocre at best, of the real deal. Find your song and sing it loud. Find your instrument and play it loud. Find that special thing about you, harness it and ride it like the wind. Don’t just play around, GO ALL OUT!
Do it big and do it for God, and watch Him bless it!
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:14-16