Young golfing sensation Rory McIlroy was once tempted to copy the style of another player. When he was 13, his golf coach, Michael Bannon, caught Rory trying to imitate Tiger Woods’ follow through. He told him to stop doing that. “Why don’t you just swing like Rory McIlroy?” he asked. It turned out to be excellent advice.
Sometimes it’s good to follow the example of people who have experienced success. However, there are times when we just need to be ourselves. David tried on Saul’s armor, but it didn’t suit him. He had to fight his own battles in his own way (1 Samuel 17).
God has given each of us different gifts, talents and opportunities, and we should seek to serve him by using our unique abilities whenever we have the chance.
Don’t try to be something that you are not. God only made one you. Nobody else can be you nearly as well as you can. So be the best you that you can possibly be! No imitations. Just be yourself.