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'Paparazzi game' photo (c) 2009, amuchmoreexotic - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ We live in a world obsessed with fame, with acclaim, with being known. A good many people spend inordinate amounts of time trying to make their lives go viral.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s a recipe for disaster. For becoming an Internet byword, a cautionary tale. People are becoming (in)famous for the wrong reasons.

The fact of the matter is that, more than ever before, our lives are on display. (In more ways than one, right NSA?). So very simply, we should give a care about how we live. I’m not talking about people pleasing–because that’s joke with no punchline. No, what I mean is that we should be striving to live vital lives–lives with meaning, substance, purpose.

Here’s the deal: just as the paparazzi surround (and hound) celebrities all the time, we are likewise encompassed by what the Bible calls “a great cloud of witnesses.” Those witnesses could be:

Our honored dead, who’ve preceeded us into glory.

God’s holy angels, who “long to look into these things.”

Satan’s demons, who watch, waiting to exploit our every fall.

Our employers, employees, friends, family…

Our lives, words, deeds are always on display. Oh, our pictures may never grace the covers of tabloid magazines, or videos be seen on TMZ, but they are for sure being replayed in the skull cinemas–in wide-screen, with Dolby Surround Sound–of those closest to us:

Husbands

Wives

Sons

Daughters

It’s up to us what those memories will be.

Because those little eyes see everything.

“So therefore, live as wise, and not unwise, making the most of every opportunity for the days are evil.”

Are you living a viral, or a vital, life?