GAWKERS!

As my friend turned to pull into her driveway, the truck she did not see slammed into her car.  The steering wheel column speared into her chest.  Neighbors spilled out of their homes to see what had happened and to help.  911 was called and the ambulance arrived. The paramedics had to rip her shirt and undergarment off to keep them from hindering their live saving maneuvers. The neighbors watched. Even though she has no memory of the event, the fact that her neighbors saw her like that upset her.

During a stroll through the flea market, my three, young sons and I suddenly heard a commotion.  An elderly woman had fallen to the ground during some kind of attack and people swarmed around to see what was going on.  In the excitement of the ambulance coming, lights flashing, backup beeping, my sons wanted to go closer to see what it was all about. I held them back, explaining to them that help was there for her, and that if that was one of their loved ones, would they want everyone around watching?

Driving down the highway, I had to slam on my brakes, as ahead there had been an accident and even though given the clear signal to pass, the vehicles in front of me drove as slowly as possible, in order to see everything they could see…

GAWKERS! They are everywhere.  What is it about accidents that make people want to stop and stare?  When help has arrived, why do they stand around, instead of giving privacy to those who would want it if they were conscious? As my husband used to say, “Why don’t you take a picture, it would last longer!”

How can you get them to stare at you?  What are you doing that would make someone stop and take a second look? Are you living the kind of life that makes people turn their heads? Is it your language, your mode of dress, your actions? Or is it your language, your mode of dress, your actions?

Are people gawking at you?  Do we want them to watch us closely? Wouldn’t it be cool if your influence was so powerful that someone walking by just stopped and came over to you to find out what made you like that?  That the glow of Christ would shine through the pores in your skin, radiating something that would make everyone stop and stare? Just think: gawkers, because we are like Jesus, intent on every detail, taking it all in.

Newsflash: people are gawking at you, whether you realize it or not.  It may be surreptitiously, like a child that is observing your behavior and speech when you don’t realize it, or it might be very obvious, such as getting 300 likes on Facebook for posting something uplifting. If a picture was taken, would it be an image you’d want to keep?

So, who do you want the gawkers to see when they look your way?

Exodus 34:29-35

29-30 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn’t know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, saw his radiant face, and held back, afraid to get close to him.

31-32 Moses called out to them. Aaron and the leaders in the community came back and Moses talked with them. Later all the Israelites came up to him and he passed on the commands, everything that God had told him on Mount Sinai.

33-35 When Moses finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face, but when he went into the presence of God to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. When he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see Moses’ face, its skin glowing, and then he would again put the veil on his face until he went back in to speak with God.

Matthew 5:16

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Colossians 3:17

17  Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

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