When I am asked to write a letter of recommendation, I always include a personal story about the applicant that attempts to paint an intimate portrayal, one that accurately depicts the person. I seek to provide a unique insight, something that cannot be gleaned from reading a transcript. Similarly, when I read a letter of recommendation, I am looking for the same thing. If I read a letter that simply regurgitates the person’s grades and their activities, it is meaningless. It tells me that either the person writing the letter did not really know the person, did not have anything good to say, or was a poor choice to write a letter. Sometimes, it is all of the above.
A letter of recommendation is a reflection of the person. It is written for the purpose of encouraging the reader to positively act and hire the person for the position to which they are applying. When I read a good letter, it will encourage me to act. What about God? When I reflect upon Him, what is my response?
I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD; therefore, I obey your instructions.
Psalms 119:55 (NLT)
Like a letter of recommendation, when I reflect upon God, it should motivate me to act. If it doesn’t, it should be a stark warning that I do not know God as well as I think I do. God’s nature and character are perfect. I am an abject sinner. When reflecting upon His pure holiness, it should motivate me to confess and repent of my sins and reaffirm my love for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.