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Bridges or Roadblocks?

All bridges serve a practical purpose but these bridges stagger the imagination with their creativity and ingenuity.

The tallest bridge in the world is the Millau Viaduct in France.

Seventeen years in the making it is held up by the highest pylons in the world (803 feet high) and has the highest road-bridge deck in Europe (886 feet). But, most importantly, it reaches 1,125 feet at its highest point, making it the tallest bridge in the world (for reference, New York’s Chrysler Building is only 1,046 feet tall).

New Brunswick, Canada is home to the Hartland Covered Bridge – the longest of its kind.

When the Canadian government was being wishy-washy about whether or not to build a bridge across the St. John River, a group of private citizens took matters into their own hands. They formed the Hartland Bridge Company and opened the 1,282-foot-long bridge in 1901.

The most photographed is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, California.

With its trademark “international orange” paint, its picturesque surroundings, and the daily rolling in of the morning fog, it should come as no surprise that the Golden Gate Bridge is said to be the most photographed in the world.

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge in China is the longest in the world.

When it comes to bridges, China doesn’t mess around—the country is home to 11 of the world’s 15 longest. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge ranks as the world’s longest. It stretches an astonishing 102.4 miles—that’s longer than the distance between New York City and Philadelphia!

As impressive and significant as all these bridges are there is one that is infinitely more valuable – your life!

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth…Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:13-16 (Message)

The way we interact with others on a daily basis is either building bridges for people to know God better or putting up roadblocks.

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