The great 20th century French painter, Henri Matisse, is quoted as saying, “It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” Thank God he didn’t. His use of color was so unique that it ended up making him stand out from the rest. Being a singer/songwriter, I’ve met so many singers/recording artists over the years who have wished desperately that they could sing like others who had found success. And haven’t we all been guilty of that to some degree – of wishing we could have the talents of others?
Not too long ago I caught part of an interview with a well-known jazz singer. She’d seen the peek of her career in the late 50’s and early 60’s, and was reminiscing about how she knew from the beginning that she didn’t have a great singing voice – that she wasn’t trained and didn’t have the abilities of other singers who’d become successful – but she did know that the voice she had made her unique. She learned to celebrate that uniqueness, focusing on her strengths, instead of her weaknesses. What seemed in the beginning to be her greatest challenge, eventually became exactly what she needed to stand out from the rest!
As Christians, we know that God has uniquely made each of us. So, recognize your uniqueness and celebrate it. Focus on your strengths! The things that make you stand out from the rest. This is what God will use to get the world’s attention, and bring you to true success in serving Him.