Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Reading My Letter of Recommendation....
From time to time, I write a letter of recommendation for someone.
If they've done a good job for me, it's easy. I consider all their strengths and gifts - and then I put it down on paper and build a case for why they would be a great catch for a potential employer. Likewise, if someone comes to me with a strong letter of recommendation from a former boss, that carries a lot of weight with me. They're much more likely to get the job if someone they've worked for speaks well of them.
I made a promise to myself a long time ago, that I don't write what I don't mean and I don't write what I can't stand behind. When I sign my name to a letter of recommendation, I'm vouching for that person. I'm personally recommending them. That's a big deal to me.
Which brings me to something really interesting I heard recently.
Beth Moore is one of my favorite Bible teachers. She said that as believers "....our lives are a letter of recommendation for Jesus..." to the people around us.
A letter of recommendation for Jesus.
That made me really think.
If other people look at us. Look at me. What does my life say about Jesus?
What does my faith look like to the people around me? or people in my life that aren't believers?
Does my life highly recommend Him to others?
I've been reading "Unchristian" by David Kinnaman. The book describes what young American's (16-29 year old's) thinks about Christians. It's eye opening. And disturbing. Disturbing because research shows that "...Christians have become famous for what we oppose, rather than what we are for..."
What we oppose, rather than what we are for.
Researchers have found that young American's perceive Christians as "judgmental" and "hypocritical."
They also see Christians as "..old-fashioned, too involved in politics, out of touch with reality, sheltered, insensitive to others, boring, not accepting of other faiths and confusing..."
If someone "reads" my life, reads my letter of recommendation for Him, do they see anything at all that would cause them to want Jesus in their life?
Do they see grace? forgiveness? humility? love?
"When a person 'reads' my life, what does it say?"