She had a cackle that could echo all over the house.
And if you had the rare chance of being around my mom, my Nannie, my sister and me, then you’d hear a chorus of almost nonstop laughter. But my mom’s laugh always seemed to rise above the others.
I wish I could hear that laugh again—and the voice of the sweet soul who owned it.
“You Look Like Your Momma”
Not only did my mom and I have laughs that could barely be distinguished from one another, people told me all the time that I looked like her. I swelled a little whenever anyone told me that; it was almost like they had just told me I was as wonderful as she was.
My mom made people feel good. She was hilariously funny and fun-loving. Smiles and giggles were never far away when Mom was around.
My mother was also a very beautiful woman.
In her prime, she had long dark wavy hair and shadowy, inviting eyes. She wasn’t a perfect size 6, but it didn’t matter. She had a love for people and it radiated from her. People were just drawn to her.
In fact, when I had friends over, they wanted to hang out with my mom as much as they wanted to hang out with me! They would always ask, “Is your mom going to be home?”
And they were hoping the answer would be, “Yes.”
My Mom Put Christians to Shame
When I think of how precious and loving my mom was—even before she professed Jesus as her savior—I think of how she was so much kinder and gentler than many Christians I knew . . . even me.
My mom had more love in her pinky toe as an unbeliever than I did in my whole body as a believer. And when she started to grab on to truth, that love only grew all the more.
Then it hit me.
What I loved most about Mom is one of the things I love most about my Savior—His loving kindness. And in all my efforts to follow Him, I think of her sometimes as a tangible example of that love.
My mom is gone now. She is home with the Lord. And because we shared a love for Jesus, I have hope that I will see her again one day.
For now, I think of what Jesus calls us to do with our time here on earth. I want people to know Him, and nothing puts Christ on display to this lost and dying world better than having a genuine love for people.
As much as I love all I shared with my mom, I want to share the character of Christ with those in my life. And don’t get me wrong; I still love it when I occasionally hear “You have your Momma’s laugh,” or “You look like your Momma.”
But more than anything, I want people to see me and think, “You look like Jesus.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Think it over . . .
Have you ever known anyone whose character radiated the love of Christ in a tangible way for you?
Do you look like Jesus? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Spend a quiet moment thinking over Christ’s love for you and consider how you might show His love to the people around you. Then go do it.
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