I want to be the least original person I can be.
Peter Kreeft, the famous Catholic philosopher, said that Jesus was the least original person ever born because he said, “…I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me.” (John 8:28)
So, “he must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30), that my pride and sinfulness (the “original” things I come up with) may not get in the way of God’s mercy and love He seeks to bestow on me and others through me.
Christ said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). This means no Christian can take boast of his good works, because it is Christ who works through him (that explains why humility is seeing the truth for what it is). That’s why even Mother Theresa described herself as “…a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” We are HIs instruments, and not the author. Only when we are least original, we can be the most creative.
When we realise this, when we acknowledge our weakness and emptiness, we can let ourselves be dependent on God be strong and blessed with abundance. St. John of the Cross puts it in an enlightened way: “That you may have pleasure in everything, seek pleasure in nothing. That you may know everything, seek to know nothing. That you may possess all things, seek to possess nothing. That you may be everything, seek to be nothing.” I’ve always said that Christianity is a religion of paradoxes!