Lately an interesting thing happens when I look in the mirror—I see my mother. Not an exact replica, of course, but enough to make me wonder how that happened.
I see it with my friends too. When a friend I hadn’t seen in a while came out of her house, I was struck by how much she looked like her mother. She’d been sick from a few months and had stopped coloring her hair, which was now completely gray.
At times I sound like my mother too, with phrases like: “Oh good grief,” or “Honestly!” coming out of my mouth when I’m miffed at something. My sisters and I tease each other when a “momism” like that pops out.
I think this happens gradually to most of us as we age—like it or not. Because of genetics, and the number of years spent around our parents, we’re bound to absorb some their attitudes, expressions, beliefs, and reflect their physical traits.
This reminds me of a spiritual principle. Rick Warren, pastor and author, states: “From the beginning God’s plan has been to make you like his Son, Jesus. This is your destiny. God announced this intention at Creation: “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image and likeness.’” Genesis 1:26 (NCV). Another verse found in Ephesians 4:24 (GW) states, “You were created to be like God, truly righteous and holy.”
The more time we spend with the Lord, reading his Word, talking to him, and emulating his example, the more we are changed to look like him and act like him. It’s inevitable, and that’s a good thing.