Do you know how many species of butterflies that there are? Over 17,000! Now as I see it, if God was only interested in utility, He would have created 1 species of butterfly. One species that could spread it’s wings and pollinate one type of flower.
Instead, God shows us that He delights in variety–color, pattern, form, beauty. He is the Creator God who is endlessly creative and brings delight and awe to His creation by creating unique beings in butterflies, snowflakes and…humans.
Then why do I so often berate myself for not being like her, or her, or her? I read Ann Voskamp’s impossibly beautiful words that float around my head like music and wonder, “Why can’t I write like her?” I listen to Lysa TerKeurst relate to thousands of women with the voice of their closest friend and agonize, “How can I communicate more like her?”
Of late, I’ve come to peace with the fact that Lysa’s shoes in the world are filled by Lysa. Ann’s voice rings clear as a bell as Ann. The one that won’t be heard if I try to imitate them is my own.
You were created as one-of-a-kind by God to contribute your unique voice to the world. Speak.