Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God’s word tells us that we are made in His image. God does not reflect us — we reflect Him. He is the Pattern — we are the copy.
In business, the quality of a copy hinges on whether it is a duplicate of the original document or another photocopy. The same is true in life. God is the Pattern, and He must be our go-to source if we want to reproduce His qualities in our lives. Yet instead of mimicking Him, we get consumed with mimicking His copies. And when we do that, we become a very poor reflection of who God is.
My own father showed little interest in me as his daughter. I spent so many years believing the lie that God was just like my dad — uninterested and unavailable. But that belief was both twisted and untrue. My Heavenly Father is the Pattern, and my dad is simply a poor reflection. God was available to be copied, but my dad chose not to reproduce the Pattern in his own life. We can either be a reflection of the original Pattern, or we can be a reflection of a poor-quality copy.
Who do you Pattern yourself after? Let God be your Pattern. Look to Him. He is always available and can be duplicated at any time.