In the 1990’s there was a popular saying and song about Michael Jordan in where the chorus repeated this “Like Mike if I could be like Mike, I want to be I want to be like Mike, if I could be like Mike”. It was catchy and many people did want to play ball like Mike and that’s the culture that we live in today in which we want to emulate greatness.
Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms. We can be inspired by several things such as music, movies, art, nature, fashion, people, and the list can go on for several more lines. I often get inspired by the passion of others and by people who are doing great things for the Lord.
I love to read stories of others pastors who are reaching young people for Christ and I love to see what things that they do in the their ministries that are cutting edge. I’m sure that there are many people who often get inspired by others as well. It could be an actor, a television chef, a political figure or whatever. Who do you want to be like?
I don’t think that there is a problem with that unless that inspiration becomes a drive for you to try to be someone in who you were never created to be. Sometimes we can become so inspired with someone that we tend to feel like we must emulate that individual in order to see the same results as them.
We must always remember that the Lord did not make us to be anyone else except for the person that He created us to be. He gave us our personality and not someone else’s. He gave us our gifts and not anyone else’s. He gave us our ministry and not anyone else’s.
Let us strive to be all who we were created to be. If we’re going to mirror anyone let us mirror Christ since we were made in His image.
Genesis 1:27 (NIV) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.