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Are You Performing for Pictures?

July 26, 2012

Last summer my family went to San Francisco and we were overwhelmed to see the majestic Golden Gate Bridge in person for the first time. It possess a beauty that’s indescribable. We took too many pictures to count. 

What I found extremely odd was how everyone completely ignored the nearby Oakland Bay Bridge. The Bay Bridge (often referred to as “the other bridge”) would be impressive if it were anywhere except next to the Golden Gate Bridge. Interestingly, I discovered that the Bay Bridge is actually longer and older (by 6 months) than the more popular Golden Gate Bridge.

Though impressive, The Oakland Bay Bridge is not as majestic or “photo worthy” as it’s shorter, younger, and more popular neighbor down the bay.

Here’s what I was most surprised to learn: The Oakland Bay Bridge has more than double the number of cars crossing it each day compared to the Golden Gate Bridge.

If the purpose of a bridge is to transport people from one side to the other, then there is no question the Oakland Bay Bridge is dramatically more effective at “being a bridge” (minus the 1989 earthquake setback). The original bridge designers and builders would surely consider The Oakland Bay Bridge the most effective.

But the Golden Gate Bridge has become famous for pictures.

Like the bridge designers/builders, God created me and you for a purpose. He desires me and you to help others cross the bridge into a relationship with Him. However, in our Instagram world it’s tempting to spend our time performing for pictures – trying to impress others.

In your financial decisions, will you perform for pictures or the King? When dividing your time between work and family will you perform for pictures or the King? When setting goals for you business/ministry, will you perform for pictures or the King?

Eventually, when you and I stand before our Designer, He won’t ask for pictures. He will ask, “Did you help people cross from one side to the other?”

Don’t perform for pictures today. Help people get from one side to the other.

I Sam. 16:7b “The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

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