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July 23rd, 2008

by Craig Groeschel

You Are An Original

When I started preaching, I tried to be just like my pastor, Nick Harris. The only problem? Nick is brilliant, and I am not.

Later, I copied Rick Warren’s messages, with his blessings. The only problem? I am not Rick Warren.

I wholeheartedly believe that as pastors, we should stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Learn from them. Leverage their wisdom. Borrow every good idea God leads us to implement.

I also think it’s great that some are now beginning to freely share resources and ideas between each other! We shouldn’t have to re-invent the wheel each week.

But, recognize that not every idea, not every message, not every outline that others create is necessarily what God has called you to preach.

You are an original.

You won’t ever be just like Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Ed Young, Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, Mark Batterson, Erwin McManus, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Perry Noble, or Steven Furtick.

But if you stop trying to be just like others, you can be as great as God created you to be!

How are you finding your own voice, style and content?

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