The Irony of Originality

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Yesterday a friend sent me this picture from a NJ bagel deli. (Apparently it’s a really good deli too).

The first irony is obviously how much it looks like me and my logo.

Bald.

White.

Styling shades.

The second irony is that a toasted everything bagel – with or without lox – is my favorite breakfast food. (Maybe tied with grits and cheese).

And the third irony is that the friend who sent it to me is none other than Mike Kim – my logo’s creator.

Oddly enough, I’m driving to pick Mike up from the airport today for our Momentum Leadership Advance at New Life.

What’s the lesson in all this?

“Christopher is paranoid with looking for ironies.”

That, yes, and:

9 “What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 1:9

No creative thought, invention, or undertaking is truly original. It’s been done before. All of it.

Even if you’re truly the first person to think of something new, God thought of it first.

And he already has a better idea than the one you have. Heck, he has a better idea for every single thing we humans have ever created.

Your best idea is really only a copy. The fact that the Lord lets people get away with thinking they came up with something is proof of his ultimate humility – a fact that should serve to keep us humbled in all out efforts.

And I guess that’s the point.

God has always been more interested in co-creating with us, promoting our success, than he ever was with taking credit.

That’s because he’s a good father.

He prizes relationship above ownership.

I think I’ll go have a previously-invented bagel now. ch:

  • Gabe

    Hah, at first glance, I thought the logo WAS yours! πŸ˜€
    Very good points on originality. I think they’re especially relevant for people like me who listen to a LOT of music and want to make music myself, because I kinda tend to get caught this thing where I only enjoy something that’s really “original”, and I’m always worried that my music may not sound “original” enough. This post is a great reminder;
    “Your best idea is really only a copy. The fact that the Lord lets people get away with thinking they came up with something is proof of his ultimate humility – a fact that should serve to keep us humbled in all out efforts.

    And I guess that’s the point.”
    So true.

    Oh yeah, and now bagels suddenly sound really good, even though I’ve already had breakfast πŸ˜‰

    • Glad it served you.

      Have you had a bagel yet after reading?

    • Gabe

      Nope, we don’t have any πŸ™
      πŸ˜‰

  • Gabe

    I love your logo, bytheway πŸ™‚
    Who came up with the “try not to blink”?

    • Ha – thanks. I think my wife did. “If someone blinks while watching you, they’ll miss something because you never stop.” lol

  • Pffft! That does like your logo. But think about how I feel. I mean DC Comics stole my whole Batman Logo idea!