Be An Original

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

Psalm 139:14

Do you like comedy? What’s your favorite genre? Do you like the silly, the thought provoking, or maybe the slightly offensive? Comedians are a rare breed because they put themselves on stage in front of an audience with the one goal of trying to make people laugh. One such comedian who excelled in his generation was a man named, Don Rickles. Don had a special talent of “roasting” people. If you are not familiar with the term, roasting someone basically means you make fun of someone to their face. What was amazing about Don Rickles was that he became famous for it. Don was so well known for roasting people that he eventually was able to do little else. People would actually pay him large sums of money to come to their parties or TV shows and make fun of them for hours. Can you imagine getting paid millions of dollars to tease someone? One day, someone asked Don for the key to his odd but undeniable success. Don simply said, “If you want to be noticed, be yourself. No one ever got anywhere by being just like everyone else.” He went on to say that when he was a young comic, he would perform at the end of the night in small clubs. By this time, the people who were still there were really drunk and only interested in embarrassing the poor person tasked with being on stage. One night, after having all he could stand of the constant heckling, he dropped his act and started just being himself. His goal was never to hurt anyone’s feelings but to simply be himself. That’s what came through in his comedy. He was actually a very nice man who would tease you but, at the same time, never intend to hurt your feelings. The more he acted like himself, the more popular he became. Many people called him the only person who could roast you and make you love him for it. He said it was all because of his desire to be as real as possible.

 How about you? Do you strive to be as real as possible or are you spending all your time trying to be the very best version of someone else? God made you a rare, one-of-a-kind work of art. Don’t spend your time trying to compare yourself to someone else. 

Action Steps

  • I will celebrate how God made me. 
  • I will not become proud and arrogant but comfortable in my own skin. 

Prayer Starter

“Thank you, God, for loving me enough to make only one of me. I can relax in my own skin because it is who I am supposed to be.”

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