I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day when I stumbled upon a video of the actress Reese Witherspoon introducing her long-time body double, Marilee Lessley. A body double is someone who stands in for an actor when the actor is not specifically needed, such as shots from behind or over the shoulder with someone else talking. They also stand in when an actor is playing two separate people and they both need to appear in the same scene. Basically it means that Marilee has appeared in many of the films Reese Witherspoon has yet you would have never known it had you not read the credits very carefully. Her life and career is caught up in being invisible, living someone else's life.
Thankfully, Marilee's life doesn't simply revolve around being a body double. She's an entrepreneur and someone who has a life of her own, but I began to wonder how many of us are actually living our lives as body doubles. Everyone around us seems to be telling us what life we need to live. Commercials show us what we can't live without, social media is filled with our friends' and influencers' highlight reel, and even our own minds tell us we need to talk and act a certain way to fit in. But is the life that we live really the one that God is calling us to live? The Psalmist says, speaking to God, "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed" (Psalm 139:16, NLT). God has a plan for your life. Are you following it? Or are you to busy being somebody else's body double?