Recently a friend of mine, in her own
loving nature, called me “basic”. I’ve heard this term used in pop culture, but I’ve never been called “basic” before so I never cared to know what it means in this context.
Naturally, I decided to turn to Urban Dictionary to find out
According to this wonderful website, basic is “an adjective used to describe any person, place, or activity involving obvious behavior, dress, or action.” When I read this definition aloud to a friend who better understood its meaning she explained to me that someone who is basic conforms to stereotypes; she then provided me with the example of a basic white girl. The picture she painted was a girl wearing nike shorts and a big t-shirt speaking in abbreviations while sipping her Starbucks frappuccino.
When used this way, a person who is basic is unoriginal. A copy.
I still was unsure why my friend called me basic so I decided to check some other sources.
According to Merriam-Webster, basic means “forming or relating to the most important part of something; of, relating to, or forming the base; the essence.”
Upon gathering this knowledge, I decided to find out who I am, what my essence, base, most important part is.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says that I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. I am not my own.
Ephesians 2:10 says that I am God’s workmanship, created in Jesus Christ to do good works which God prepared in advance for us.
Ephesians 1:11 says that I am chosen; destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of His will.
So if my essence is the workmanship of God,
if my base is not my own but that chosen by God,
if my most important part is the temple that houses the Holy Spirit;
then by all means let me be Merriam-Webster-basic.
Here’s the thing, though, the only way I can be Merriam-Webster-basic is if I become Urban-Dictionary-basic as well.
I am made in the image and likeness of God. I am made to be a copy of Jesus Christ.
It is my sole purpose to replicate the love of Christ.
It is my soul’s purpose to be basic.
Moreover, when I become this copy I allow myself to transform into something so unlike anything else. I discover that what lies at my base is not a window into myself, but a mirror that reflects Christ.
But how is it that this reflection feels so organic and new in each person?
This is because of the infinite creativity of our Creator.
In the words of a dear friend, “I am a product of His creativity, His spirit poured into me, His awareness of intricacy, of beauty, of infinite capability.”
So as I strip away all that is not heavenly, all that is not holy, and expose my base; I can come into “accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of His will.”