Thoughts

An Audience of One

January 13, 2013

Last fall, Mom and I attended a ladies’ Bible study for a few weeks. During one of our meetings, a wise older woman in the group said something that really stood out to me. She asked the simple question:

“Are we striving in life to build our reputation or, by God’s grace, our character?”

There is such a difference between having merely a good reputation and true character. Which one lasts? Which one will point others towards Christ and not ourselves?

I’ll admit that I can be a “people pleaser” and I sometimes do things with the wrong motive – to make myself look better. But in the end, will it really matter? Will I really gain anything at all? The truth is that I won’t. I want to have more of a mindset of “what does it matter what people think of me as long as I’m striving to live a life worthy of Christ?”

I love this song by Sara Groves. I hope you read the lyrics here, and as you do, remember with me today and every day that we’re living our lives for an audience of one. To God be all the glory!

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When I stand before the Lord, I’ll be standing alone. This journey is my own.
Still I want man’s advice, and I need man’s approval, but this journey is my own.
Why would I want to live for man and pay the highest price?
What would it mean to gain the wold, only to lose my life?

So much of what I do is to make a good impression. This journey is my own.
And so much of what I say is to make myself look better. This journey is my own.
Why would I want to live for man and pay the highest price?
And what does it mean to gain the wold, only to lose my life?

I’ve never felt relief like I feel it right now. This journey is my own.
‘Cause trying to please the world, it was breaking me down.
Now I live and I breathe for an audience of one.
Now I live and I breathe for an audience of one, ’cause I know this journey is my own.

Why would I want to live for man and pay the highest price?
What would it mean to gain the wold, only to lose my life?
You can live for someone else, and it will only bring you pain.
I can’t even judge myself. Only the Lord can say, “Well done.”

3 Comments

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    Becca

    January 14, 2013

    What a difficult question to answer! Everyone wants to say that they are building their character through God’s grace, but a good way to judge how well you are doing is by comparing how you act around those you don’t live with, and then how well you treat your family when the day isn’t going well and everyone is, well, kind of cranky… :) If you act extremely different in the company of one group, it’s more likely to be that a person is building their reputation. And yes, I’m afraid that I’d have to say that I’m not anywhere near having the godly character that I wish to have.
    Thanks for the thought-provoking question, Brooke! Love you!
    ~Becca
    P.S. – The lyrics to the song you posted are really good!

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    Kaitlyn

    January 15, 2013

    Wow, Brooke! Thank you for sharing this! How humbling….I am afraid I all too often do things for the wrong reasons, and not always to glorify Christ. Thank you, friend!! You have blessed me this evening by your post. Thank you for reminding me of what my motives should be. Love you!!! Have a great evening!!
    (I am meaning to email you soon….”life” keeps getting in the way!:)
    Kaitlyn~

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    Ryann

    January 27, 2013

    Amen.

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