I Don’t See It

Dear Lewis,

You met a lot of new people this week while we were on vacation. Family and friends all said the same thing when I would introduce you: “He looks just like you!” You’re adorable and handsome so I take that as a compliment.

But I don’t see it. I wish I could, but I don’t.

They also said I look and sound like your PaPa, my dad, more than ever. While I consider that, too, a compliment I’ll have to take their word for it. I don’t have his olive skin, his slender face, or his big nose. And his voice is deeper than mine.

Even though I don’t see the resemblance I’ve started noticing we act a lot alike. I laugh like him. I clear my throat like him. And I correct people’s grammar and malapropisms in the same light-hearted way as him. They’re little things, but they are there.

I know there’s a lot of my dad in me, and I know there’s a lot of me in you. I just wish I saw as much as everyone else seems to.

Lewis, as much as I want to see myself in you, I want to see Jesus in you even more. As you get older I hope your number one priority is to be more like Him. If you’ll follow Him and let His life shape yours, it will happen. Be patient though. It takes time.

Truth be told, you’re going to go through times when you think you look and act nothing like Jesus. You won’t even feel like a godly person. But you are a child of God. And children inevitably end up looking and acting like their parents, even when they don’t see it themselves.

It’s taken me thirty years to see PaPa in me. Don’t stress if it takes that long for you to see Christ in you. I promise, people around you will see it even when you don’t.

I love you, Lewis. God loves you more.

– Dad

Have you ever been encouraged by someone who saw the nature and character of God in your actions, even when you didn’t see it yourself? How has God reminded you that you are His child?

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