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Your Recommendation Says What?

The Watered Soul: Your Recommendation Says What?

Sep 1, 2010

Your Recommendation Says What?

Has anyone ever asked you to write them a letter of recommendation and you felt less than enthusiastic about it?  Well, I haven’t been in the exact situation but I have been called for a reference. Most people wouldn’t mind recommending someone you’ve worked along side and seen that they exhibit exemplary character.

But, how often do we consider and critically examine what recommendation we’re passing onto others. In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 Paul reminds the believers that he had no need for written letters of recommendations to prove the effectiveness of his ministry. They themselves were proof enough.

Many of the people that our paths crossed during the course of our day are not taking the time to read God’s written “letters” found in His Word. However, you and I can be assured that they’re reading our LIFE-our attitude, speech, and behavior. Are you giving Christ a good recommendation?


The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3(NLT)

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At September 1, 2010 at 1:34 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful thought provoking post Wanda, I have been asked in the past to write a letter of reccomendation but did feel awful as it was a son of a friend of mine who I knew not to be the kind hearted person his mother was, so I made some excuse explaining perhaps they wanted someone who was working.I felt awful but I knew he would let people down.

Have a good day.


At September 1, 2010 at 1:39 AM , Blogger Denise said...

Such a good post sis.

At September 1, 2010 at 3:34 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

Amen Wanda! We are epistles, read of all men. I pray we (I) am portraying His book and not another...

Have a blessed WFW!

At September 1, 2010 at 7:01 AM , Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Wanda,

Thanks for sharing another thought that provokes my self-examination. It has become imperative for me to reflect the character of Christ in my thought, speech and behavior. I want to remain consciously aware that others may only get an opportunity to see Jesus through me; I don't want to be an embarrassment to our Lord.

Blessings and peace.


At September 1, 2010 at 7:02 AM , Blogger Karen said...

Oooh, that was a good word this morning! I will need to spend some time thinking about this! Bless you, friend.

At September 1, 2010 at 7:27 AM , Anonymous ozjane said...

The middle verse came to mind as I read your found it all.
I thought it was a poem not a hymn.
Must find a tune one day.

"Christ has no hands but our hands To do His work today,
He has no feet but our feet To lead men in His way;
He has no tongue but our tongues To tell men how He died,
He has no help but our help To bring them to His side."

"We are the only Bibles The careless world will read,
We are the sinner’s gospel, We are the scoffer’s creed;
We are the Lord’s last message Given in deed and word,
What if the type is crooked? What if the print is blurred?"

"What if our hands are busy With other things than His?
What if our feet are walking Where sin’s allurement is?
What if our tongues are speaking Of things His life would spurn,
How can we hope to help Him And welcome His return?"

At September 1, 2010 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

LOVE this, Wanda. Such a great reminder.

At September 1, 2010 at 10:22 AM , Blogger CeCe Wilson said...

I love it Wanda! Thanks as always for sharing a good word with us. You've given me great food for thought today :0)

At September 1, 2010 at 10:37 AM , Blogger a sojourner said...

...i hear and understand what you're saying here. the world perceives christians(i identify myself as a believer...not a christian) because of what they do or don't do. without a doubt, people look at me and judge me as a non-christian. but that's religeon. HE is the one that turns/transforms us to become...inside out:)

At September 1, 2010 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Blessings Wanda... I like this correlation to a letter of recommendation! I love how you graphically chose to depict this!
I did this verse for WFW back before I started my personal testimony "This is My Story" and put myself as this "letter". May our lives reflect Jesus as you have written (or better Paul wrote to the Corinthians) and you illustrated so well! Thank you.

Be careful little eyes what you see and be careful little ears what you hear and my, oh, my, be careful what we DO or DON't in the Name of Jesus!Have a blessed day!EnJOY WFW!

At September 1, 2010 at 12:59 PM , Blogger lori said...

Oh YES Wanda...what an incredible reminder to all of us, whatever our stage of life...that our LIVES lived out are our letters!

This was fantastic! I can't wait to share this one too!


At September 1, 2010 at 6:45 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

What a great WFW Wanda!! Just beautiful!

At September 1, 2010 at 8:22 PM , Blogger Amydeanne said...

wow Wanda... i never thought much on this before.. you really have me thinking about the letter! thanks!
happy WFW!

At September 1, 2010 at 11:07 PM , Blogger daylily777 said...

Wonderful WFW ! Yes, we should be mindful that we are the only Bible some people will ever see.

At September 1, 2010 at 11:24 PM , Blogger Whidbey Woman said...

Wanda, This is such a great post! Love it! Happy WFW :) Enjoy the rest of your week.

At September 2, 2010 at 3:55 AM , Blogger cHe said...

so true sis..
beautiful post:)
Be blessed!

At September 2, 2010 at 5:45 AM , Blogger Beth in NC said...

I love the way you brought this point home to us. I pray I reflect Christ in my life, but I know there are times when I don't (say something I shouldn't -- give a disapproving look, etc ...).

Thank you for the reminder Wanda.


At September 2, 2010 at 9:18 PM , Blogger GlowinGirl said...

Being a girl who loves words, I've always liked this idea of being a living letter. Great word, friend! :)

At September 3, 2010 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Donna said...

Great word today! Thanks for sharing and for the reminder.

Blessings to you!

At September 3, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Blogger Karen said... the way you illustrated this point....

At September 3, 2010 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

So well said, A great reflection mirrors our actions...I think we all probably at times, can improve our vision and our reflection~ Great post!!!

At September 3, 2010 at 8:30 PM , Blogger Toia said...

Thanks for sharing God's Word!!! Have a bless weekend!!!


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