WordPress is a place where we are able to share our thoughts and life experiences via our blogs. Oftentimes, we convene to become inspired, motivated, build our brands, stay up-to-date on the latest information, etc.—this is always based on our own personal expectations. However, one thing that writers do not come for is to have their ideas and concepts appropriated (this is the pretty term for stealing—taking without permission or consent).
Writers, artists, dancers, they work very hard to come up with creative ideas that make their material stand out above the rest. What they do takes time.
We think, “Oh, since, I’m not taking it verbatim (I changed one or two things) I’m creating something completely different”, or, “I’m only borrowing—without their consent” –this is not the case.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we are to be inspired by others; hence my themed website (LakiaGordon.com: Living to Inspire.) But, there is a very fine line that we must walk.
From the dictionary, inspiration means to influence or impel. “You impel me to write a blog.” A little further down, it also means to communicate or suggest by a divine or supernatural influence—for me, this speaks volumes (we will discuss this later). On the flipside, though, appropriation is taking an idea or concept without permission or consent. Can you see the vast difference?
Further exploring the second definition of inspiration, we see it to stem from a Divine or supernatural influence. What this tells me is that the Creator inspires me. He breathes on my life via my prayer time and spending hours in His Presence to give me divine creativity, something uniquely for me…Now that’s awesome!
“But, when I ask Him, He doesn’t give me great ideas…why doesn’t He do it for me?”
Well, you want my opinion? He can, but there are some barriers in the way… and it starts with YOU. Here’s what I found:
1. We are too lazy — it’s too time consuming and so much effort, I want the idea NOW. We don’t want a relationship with God, only His ideas. Or, it’s easier to take from someone else.
And 2., We don’t recognize our own special qualities, so we compare ourselves to others. We think we are “admiring” or being “inspired”, but we end up appropriating ideas.
Ladies and gentlemen, at the end of the day, I believe we have so much talent wrapped up within us. But, in order to unlock those treasures [writings, movie scripts, dance moves, multi-million dollar ideas, etc.] we have to seek the Giver, not the gifts.
In a nutshell, I don’t want just any idea, but God-breathed ideas that will impact a generation…