thou shall not steal

filed under: I Am Servant on August 4, 2014

In the crazy world of online life, one theme is (sadly) forever rampant.  Stealing.

In my specific little online world, there is recipe stealing, picture stealing, and idea stealing.

That last one is a bone of contention for many, as they do not think “ideas” can be stolen.

I feel differently.

ten commandments from The Standard Canvas Etsy ShopThis print can be purchased from The Standard Canvas Etsy Shop

“Stealing can be as blatant as taking from another.  Or it can be subtle: stealing includes cheating another, not dealing fairly with others and stealing credit for another’s work.  Treat others as you wish to be treated.”

-life:beautiful magazine, summer issue 2014

When I read that in this months life:beautiful, I was taken aback.  I had not heard it phrased in quite such a simplistic way before and it struck a heavy chord in my heart.

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake #iambaker

I have spent years tracking down people who stole my idea for the buttercream rose cake piped with a closed star tip.  I asked nicely, I asked not-so nicely, and I demanded.  We all knew the truth, they had seen the idea somewhere and copied it.  But they lied,  they were defensive, they attacked.

And it hurt.  I could not get my head around the concept of someone stealing my idea and when confronted, to lie to my face.

Due to a recent (heated) interaction, God put it on my heart to give up that battle.  Like, seriously give up the fight.

Let Go Let God

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I knew that I should never again email someone about it, that I should never leave another passive aggressive comment, that I never needed to say another word about it.  I was not ‘fighting a good fight’.  I was wrong.

I was not honoring God in demanding credit from others.  I was trying to further my own Kingdom, totally consumed and wrapped up in my unhealthy pursuit of being credited.

I was being a very poor example of a Christian.  I had forgotten my role and my place on this earth.  And it was time to let it go.

I have for the most part, and God has honored me with a peace that I had not known concerning the subject.  The stealing is still rampant, but the acceptance of it is new.

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Today I was researching a recipe and came across someone else stealing an idea.  It wasn’t my idea, but that anger and bitterness immediately rose to the surface and I got feisty.  The thief was being praised and awarded and actually financially profiting from the idea they stole.  It was wrong!  And I felt the need to say something.

But those simple words written above came to mind.

And while those words apply to every Christian, but it is not up to me to police them.

Those words need to first apply to me.

I need to make sure that I am always giving credit where it is due.  That I am going out of my way to offer credit for the idea, for the recipe, for anything that was “gifted” to me by an outside source.  The only person that I need to police on the subject is myself.

Again, the realization has brought me peace, but I wrote this little prayer in the hopes that if the feistiness ever returns, I can call on these words to calm my anxious heart.

Dear Jesus,

You know my heart and my desire to see good.  You know how injustice triggers a “fight”mode in my mind and how I get completely focused (obsessed even) on seeing justice through.  But Lord, You also have taught me Your word and that I need to focus on the plank in my own eye.  Lord, help me to place less judgement on others and focus more on improving my own actions.  Help me to understand Your commandments better!  To see that You have given me the tools to be kind, to be honest, and to be faithful.  I want my actions, personally and professionally, to be pleasing to you oh Lord.  Thank you for caring so much that You are willing to remind me over and over again.  Thank You for loving me.

Amen.

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  • Julie says:

    So inspiring Amanda, thank you! 🙂

  • Judy P says:

    When God closes one door another one opens. 4 If for no other reason, than to know how loyal, honest and supportive your readers are, then this incident has served a purpose. I tend to go full tilt into a “get justice” mode when I see situations where someone has been harmed in some way. But, I have to stop and remember that I have my own issues to atone for and to let God take care of the other situation.

  • Julia @Vikalinka says:

    Such a simple yet profound truth. Although not new I am so thankful you brought it up, Amanda. I’ve felt anger, frustration and a sense of being powerless when people took my ideas/recipes/photos and didn’t give credit. It’s so much easier and “healthier” to let it go. Thank you for a good reminder.

  • Anny says:

    As you have lifted up your frailties to God, He will continue to order and direct your steps. Thank you for sharing

  • Shelly says:

    Amanda, how that peace flows when we are able to let GOD. Thank you for reminding me, I seem to have forgotten again.

  • Juliet says:

    thanks Amanda, I have been battling with letting go of late, I think this is exactly what i needed to read. I look forward to more posts .God bless you!

  • Amanda says:

    I think the better question is, do you give credit where it is due? By your own admission you are selling a cake (and others) that was someone eles’s idea. Do you credit them? No, unfortunately there is no royalty or license issue, you (I) cannot legally do that. My greatest desire in this matter is that people will own up to using and profitting from the ideas of others.

  • Sweetsugarbelle says:

    Love.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks girl. Blessings to you!

  • Sherri D says:

    Wow Amanda! I am just a home cook, no blog, no culinary expertise. I honestly just follow you and drool, but, not in a creepy kind of way, because of my full-time job and family! I guess I am naive and didn’t even realize you and others dealt with this type of stuff! My heart and prayers go out to you! I can only imagine it would be hard to “just” let it go! My prayer for you is that the good Lord will bless you with many more unique ideas! Continue to bring Him honor as you do here! Love ya!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you sweet Sherri! That means a great deal to me. 🙂

  • princesswarrior says:

    Hi Amanda, I’ve pinned a couple of your recipes to my page on Pinterest, but this is my first time visiting your blog, “I Am Servant”. I love the fact that you are giving glory to our God thru this ministry.
    Here is my concern regarding “Stealing”. I love to bake and decorate and SELL cakes when possible. Beautiful cakes that are full of flavor. I have used ideas and recipes I have found in Books for years, and on Pinterest, but never thought that I was stealing their ideas. My thought was that’s why they are printed/posted. If I change the color, add a window or some other element to my cake and even change the order in which I add the ingredients to my cake, change flavor and rename it, am I stealing. I don’t have a blog, so I can’t give a shout out to that person or people group. (This is my prayer; Lord, help me and forgive me for I have sinned. Show me Holy Spirit, how to be in your perfect will concerning this desire you have placed in my heart, to bake, decorate and sell cakes, beautiful cakes that are full of flavor. Help me to listen and obey. I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.) Amanda, I appreciate you. Thanks for listening. In His Service, I Am, ATL, PrincessWarrior.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi there! I think in this instance that you are on the right path in making sure that YOU are right before God. He knows all, sees all, and is the only rightful judge of our hearts. But for me this quote rang true.. “Stealing can be as blatant as taking from another. Or it can be subtle: stealing includes cheating another, not dealing fairly with others and stealing credit for another’s work. Treat others as you wish to be treated.” If you are using someone else’s work and taking credit for their design, then in my opinion, yes. It is stealing. I know many people who would disagree with me on that! However, I try to do everything I can to do the right thing as I see it. And hope that others would do the same! 🙂

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