I can’t tell you how many times I have been out with Amber and someone stops us and says we look just alike. I especially love it when someone says we look like sisters…when I post pictures of us on Facebook, someone always makes that comment! When Amber was younger, some days she seemed to resemble her daddy, sometimes her mommy. However, the older she gets, like it or hate it, it’s an irrefutable fact that she is looking more like me every day.
Well, I’m a thinker. I love to make analogies, and I love to try to see Christ in every day things. This time is no different. Today, as I thought about my daughter and how proud I am of her, I just started to wonder. If the older Amber gets, she looks more like me, do I look more like my heavenly Father the older I get?
I wish I could say ‘yes’ but I’m afraid I’ve missed a lot of opportunities and wasted a lot of years to grow more like Him. Lately I’ve been asking myself why. Why didn’t I “get it”—this Christian walk? Why didn’t I have a desire to grow deeper in love with my God? Perhaps I had the desire, but I didn’t have the motivation. Consistency is something I’ve always struggled with. I’ve never strayed far from Him, denied His existence, or even not wanted Him in my life. But, why didn’t I dive deeper into the ocean of His love?
I think the Lord showed me the answer in Romans 12:1-2…verses that I memorized as a child. It gives the clue to how to look more like my Daddy.
Romans 12:1-2 says I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed, by the renewing of your mind, that you might prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
I need to be a living sacrifice – He wants me to daily lay aside my own desires and follow Him. He wants me to allow Him to use all my energy and resources – to sacrifice Beth’s way for God’s way. There’s been times in my life that this has been a big issue for me. I would follow what God wanted for my life as long as His plan matched my plan. I ask myself now, what’s wrong with this picture?
Be transformed – What does something or someone do when they are transformed? They are changed. I believe God wants me to look more like Him every day. How do I do this? By the renewing of my mind. I have to daily ask Him to take control and lead me. I have to ask Him to change me from the inside so that my outside persona will look like Him.
It’s one thing for Amber to look like me. It’s another thing for her to look more like me every day. That’s the same with God. He doesn’t want me to just resemble Him. He wants me to grow more like Him every day. I want that, too. Just like Amber walks into a room, and people know that she belongs to me, I want to walk in a room and people to know I am a child of God. I’m asking God to give me a makeover…an extreme makeover. I’ll never be done, it’s a continual process, but I want to pick up that mirror and see a reflection of Him.
…The more I reflect Him, the more my children will see Christ in me and want to be more like Him! (The whole purpose of why I started this blog…)