n. something serving as a model or basis for imitations or copies
v. having the power to originate new thoughts or uncommon combinations of thought
None of my writing is original to myself. It is the conglomeration of the thoughts of many authors, preachers, and authority that have influenced my life. It is God’s Word in me bringing about my own understanding of life and death, truth and error.
Do any of us have an original thought?
We all must learn for ourselves what others have learned before us. And so what is original to us has already been original to others.
Never has it been more difficult to be “original”. It is estimated that nearly 130 million books have been published.
Every writer wants their work to be viewed as original, but many of us have to settle with just saying things differently, or just saying them to a different group of people.
I would not be writing if I did not feel that God wanted me to. I write because I believe He will use my words to glorify Himself. You see, while my writing may never be viewed as “original” to the world, my writing is the original testimony of God’s love for me, His unique, original plan for me.
He determines the scope of its influence. As long as it is magnifying to Him it is of great value to me, and I hope someday, to my children.
So I will look, listen and transcribe what I find on my search for wisdom, and give back the grace that was given to me.