I’m Talkin’, episode 295, for December 10th, 2023.
This is Joel from the I’m Talkin’ microcast, where I share my thoughts on a topic that has piqued my interest this past week.
This week we’re talking original.
Original is not an uncommon word, but I still wanted to look at the definitions, as I often do, just to make sure we’re all on the same page talking about the same thing.
When I looked up the definition, there were two that stood out to me.
One was not an imitation.
That makes sense.
It’s an original, not copied from anything.
The other one is also very interesting, which is existing from the beginning.
I don’t know what the beginning is.
Maybe it means different things to different people, but I like that definition as well, and we’ll be talking about both of those throughout the microcast today.
One thing that I’ve noticed in my time on earth, I guess, and maybe even more as I grow older, is that many people want to be the original.
They want to be known as unique, and they were the only ones that are this person or this thing or whatever it may be that they’re chasing.
Some even want to think that existed from the very beginning.
It’s almost like thinking no one else can be like you, which is good.
That means you’re an original, but then to put yourself almost on a pedestal because you’re the only one that is like you, and you’ve been that way since you became you.
Sometimes that’s just not true.
It’s that you are maybe trying to copy somebody, or you’re going so far out of your way to be an original that you become irrelevant, that you are chasing things that are out of your grasp.
Then many use the thought of being original as an excuse to, I don’t know, maybe misbehave or to be miscreant or to do things that you maybe shouldn’t do.
It’s like, well, that’s just the way I am.
This is who I am from the very beginning.
No one’s going to change me, or this is what I do to be the original so that no one can copy me, that I’m not copying anybody else.
Therein lies the challenge for those of us who call ourselves Christians.
The thing that we recognize as Christians is that we have truth on our side.
We know that God is true and that he has given us his word, which is absolutely true.
We stand on the truth of who God is and the truth of who his word represents.
We don’t have to cut corners.
We don’t have to wonder.
We know that it is truth.
We know that because we serve a God, the only one who existed from the beginning, the only original.
We serve a God who is actually beyond the beginning.
The reason that we even use that word as God from the beginning is because we feel like we have to put a time on things.
We are finite people serving an infinite God.
The reality is that he existed before the beginning and therefore is the only original, the only one worthy of the title, the only one worthy of praise, the only one worthy to be called God.
Until next week, this is Joel from the I’m Talking Microcast.