Everyone loves a good impersonator. For a little while we’re taken down memory lane to relive the moments attached to an Elvis Presley song that we sang as a kid. We may be moved emotionally by remembering a famous singer, actor/actress, or even a past/current president. We love impersonations.
What I want to consider is: do we know our voice and sing our song?
Again, the fact is we love impersonations. Our love for impersonations makes it appealing and tempting to want to be the impersonator. There is this lure of perceived success, attention, power and money that draws us in to make us think that we need to be like the other person for us to reach success and meaning.
In our eyes, and in the eyes of so many others, these people have made it. They have done and maybe still are doing what we would like to do, but feel that we can’t. We watch their mannerisms and take account of their material possessions so that we can one day be like them.
Living this way, we can’t sing our own song. As we sing someone else’s song, those around know it isn’t our tune. Even more, we can get to the point that our song gets weaker and weaker and weaker until it’s almost impossible to hear our own.
For me, I find myself singing like others that I’ve heard sing or preaching like others I’ve heard preach. When I was a kid, I did a solo at church. When I sang the solo, I sounded just like that tape (yes, a cassette tape!) that I had rehearsed with. As I’ve preached, I’ve found at times that at some point during the sermon I sounded like other preachers that I’d heard and looked up to. To be clear, never once have I copied the content of someone else’s sermon to preach. I couldn’t hear my own “voice” because I didn’t trust in the one that God gave.
Now, I’ve come to realize the importance of knowing, trusting in my own voice. Of course, I’m not referring to my literal voice, but the voice that is on the inside of each of us. I realized we don’t have to be like other great singers or preachers or whatever field you may find yourself in. We can be exactly who we are and that is who we are supposed to be.
There is great peace when we know our OWN voice and have a sense of VALUE in the voice that we’ve been given. We aren’t made to be somebody else. There’s no doubt, when we live someone else’s story, we’re on a sure path for a train wreck.
Let’s be honest though, it’s a challenge. We see those around us enjoying success that we’d love to have and it’s too easy to want to do what they’re doing to get there. We need to take a pause, listen to their song and appreciate it, respect it, and keep going. We can’t start singing it because it’s not our song.
The truth is, our song is beautiful. It was given to us by God. We need to know it, sing it the best we can so that others can listen in with appreciation and respect.
Have fun and find peace in singing YOUR song!