“… we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” Galatians 5:26
Since childhood, I have been misidentified by someone on the street or in a store, and even by a nurse in the hospital. I’ve been asked if I have a sister. To keep from embarrassing these people, I tell them, “I guess I have a generic face.” Perhaps it is the Scandinavian look that people identify with.
There has been said everyone has at least seven people around the world that look like me or you. These look-alikes are called doppelgangers. I wonder since we share similar faces, do they have wrinkles and thinning eyebrows, too? It would be fun to meet all seven of them.
God designed each of us in his image, so that means we are his doppelgangers in spirit. Yet, inside we are all made different. In Galatians, Paul tells the people who have chosen to follow Christ Jesus to live in the life of the Spririt, that we must keep the idea in our head, and the sentiment in our hearts to make it work with every detail of our lives. We don’t need to compare ourselves with others. What a relief—I may look like another woman, but I don’t have to think or act like her.
Lord, thanks for identifying me as your unique child. Amen.