"To be significant, work must be personally meaningful. Speak only for yourself. You need not try to comment on the world, or on all mankind. Try, rather, to make a simple and honest statement about a single idea with which you are familiar. If you succeed in this, your specific comment is far more likely to contain a general element of truth. As I am neither a deep thinker nor a profound one, I make no attempt to be profound in my work. I can offer only a personal response, and if that response arrives at something basic, it will evoke a response in someone else."
From Applique Stitchery by Jean Ray Laury
Whether our art is writing, painting, stitching or gardening, the personal response Laury speaks of is crucial to authenticity. Imitation might be the highest form of flattery but lacks the twist of originality that reflects the creator's personality.
When I live my life as a personal response to God's presence and truth and allow him to work as he will, my life will be a unique creation that I pray will "evoke a response in someone else."