Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

Why am I driven to work hard to give pictures away? For one thing, I don’t want to have bitter beer face (google it) on the inside. When people are bitter or sour, there’s one reason which seems to pop up with great frequency. It’s because God has given a blessing to those people, and the gift has been hoarded. The churches I serve repeatedly hear me say we are never blessed for ourselves alone. We are blessed so that we can be a blessing for others. If we hoard blessings for ourselves, we never learn to pour them out for the Lord (a waste as the world sees it). As a pastor and Christian witness, taking pictures for my financial gain alone would impair my ability to help others gain an expanded vision of God through me. “But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD. [2 Samuel 23:16]”