Since retiring I have been reviewing books and products. Have you ever done that? Do you do it now? I enjoy reading the different types of Christian books that have come from the publishers for reviews. Many of the books I never would have picked up, and boy would I have missed out on a good read. The variety is really exhilarating. I have enjoyed everything from baby board books up to theology and judicial ones. Historical fiction has topped the list as my favorite with Amish fiction coming in a close second if not a tie for first place.
Products that come in to review are the same. I see a wide range of things. There have been a hammock, copper mugs, face paint, karaoke microphones, and kitchen gadgets. Some of the items are so nice it is a tough choice on how many more to buy. (Like these copper mugs.) Very seldom do I receive a product that I cannot give a favorable review but I must tell the truth. Sometimes products are different than what the seller states. If a product quits working part or all of the time, consumers need to know. If there is not honesty the reviews mean nothing and help no one.
Receiving a product or book that doesn’t live up its hype or advertising is very disappointing. I hate buying something, expecting it to be what was said, and then find out it is not even close to that. Even though it helps others, I hate writing negative reviews. Positive reviews are much easier. When I was writing my latest product review I wondered what type of review I would receive if someone reviewed me? Am I a “what you see is what you get” type? Maybe I am different than what was expected. Would I live up to my promises? Do I deliver what I say? Do I have good values? Am I a good listener? A helper? Am I self-centered or selfless? If I say I am a Christian, am I one all of the time or like some products am I faulty and defective?
How about you? Do you think you would get 5 stars or less? What would your review say? Are you as pretty inside as you are on the outside? Do you lift people up instead of tear them down? How are your priorities? How do you take care of your family? Does your light shine as brightly for Jesus on Thursday as it does on Sunday? Are your words and thoughts as pure outside of church as they are inside of it?
One day we will receive a review from God. When all is said and done and He takes assessment, there will be a review written on our lives. We all hope for a 5 out of 5 star review, don’t we? Ah, but will we receive it? Will Abba say “well done, my good and faithful servant” in that final review? Let’s hope, but we can do more than only hope. We can live and obey. God has given us instructions on how to live. He is there for us to talk to and pray with anytime. We just need to keep reading, studying, and living according to His word. And shoot for the stars, the 5 star review, my friends. Are you going for those 5 stars? I am going for them, too. Maybe we can help each other achieve that goal.
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'” Matt. 25:21 NIV