Have you ever plagiarized before? I am sure you are familiar with the term, but I wanted to provide the dictionary definition, “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author”.
Maybe for some of you, it was an accident, you forgot to give the author credit in your paper or ignorantly re-wrote it too similar to the original. Others of you might have made a stupid mistake and decided to do it to save time on your paper. And that leaves the rest blameless in the area of plagiarizing… or does it?
A thought occurred to me the other day that I plagiarize God. I accomplish something or am praised and I pridefully believe that it is my doing and forget who gave that gift to me. I cheat the author of my life of His work and take the praise for it.
What story am I allowing to be written of me? Am I attributing my accomplishments to the One that gave them to me? May I never forget to whom the credit is due.