What can I say that hasn’t been said before?
Solomon in the bible said it quite succinctly, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. “ Ecclesiastes 1:9
And the simple truth that there is nothing new under the sun, stops many people from pursuing their passions, ideas and opportunities.
We have a desire to be unique, special, different. We want to offer the bit of advice that will give someone hope, or invent the product that hasn’t been thought of. We yearn for that “thing” that will make us stand apart as special.
But the truth is – you are unique and special. And because you are unique and special, when you make a hamburger, it tastes a little bit different from mine and Aunt Susie’s.
Likewise when you share a word of encouragement, or an idea, or pursue a passion that isn’t “new,” thinking you might make a difference…. You probably will!
Think about it: if we both listen to a friend that is discouraged and we want to encourage them, our advice will quite likely be similar, but because of our uniqueness and personal experiences- we will minister to our friend differently, both being effective.
What have you been holding back from – because you have nothing new to offer the world? Be honest with yourself.
There are only seven basic plots in a book, story or movie… overcoming the monster; rags to riches; the quest; voyage and return; comedy; tragedy; rebirth.
Yet there are over 600,000 to 1,000,000 books published in the United States each year.
There may be nothing new under the sun – but what you have to offer is what the world needs, because of your unique experience, vision, and perspective.
Don’t hesitate – step out!