Anybody remember the band 311? For the 3 of you that do, you might remember their song “Come Original”. I have no idea what the basis of the song was (because, you know, songs always have these strange underlying meanings, especially when you play the album backwards), but I have felt the pressure to “come original” quite often.
As a student pastor, I feel the pressure of trying to come up with creative ways of communicating truth that has been around for thousands of years. That’s the reason I probably spend more time preparing teaching content than any other one aspect of my job. As a wannabe blogger/writer, I feel the tension in trying to churn out content that is new, innovative, or somehow original. That’s the reason I don’t blog very much.
More often than not, I feel like I don’t have anything new to offer.
Then comes this reminder from one of the wisest men to ever live:
“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
It’s true, isn’t it? Anyone who has seen their wardrobe cycle out of style and back in style knows this. But if we’ll just stop for a second, there’s a great freedom here.
- Pastors, you don’t have to try to preach the Christmas story from some new, innovative angle this year
- Moms, you don’t have to compete with the creativity found on the boards of the profession Pinterest moms.
- Jonas, you don’t have to wait until you have the illusion of an original idea or thought before you write.
There is nothing new under the sun–and that is a liberating truth.