Keep your eyes on Jesus

Hello! I’m Shae Crook, welcome to my kitchen! Some of you may remember me as the DWOF director and teacher a while back. I’m excited to be back. Like I said- welcome to my kitchen. You know in the south- the kitchen is where women or even families- sit around, eat, talk and talk and talk. That’s what’s going to happen here. I’m going to share stories of life, my life, my family, and life out there as it happens. Some may be funny- most will- I am a southern woman, we love to laugh! Some stories may pinch and hurt a bit and some may touch your heart. I’ll be bringing it to you- why? Because I want to keep this real. I want to keep this relatable with the many women out there who might be able to connect with me and my experiences. Hebrews 10:23-24 says (paraphrased) let us consider how we can exhort (support) each other about love and good deeds, not forgetting to get together like some are doing, but encouraging each other- and even more important now as time draws almost to an end. I, as well as the DWOF vlog team, will be sharing a diverse array of topics mainly to bring hope and reminding all of us who Christ is and who we are in Him.

Today, I want to share with you a short story that has been circulating over the internet, mainly FaceBook. Although this story made me think immediately of the Deaf community and their tendencies, this story applies to each of us. The story is..

“ A lady went to her Pastor and said ‘Pastor, I won’t be going to your church anymore.’ The pastor responded, ‘but why?’ The lady responded, ‘Ah! I saw a woman gossiping about another member; a man that is a hypocrite; the worship team living wrong; people looking at their phone during service; among so many other things wrong in your church.’

The pastor replied, ‘OK. But before you go, do me a favor: take a full glass of water and walk around the church three times without spilling a drop on the ground. Afterwards, leave the church if you desire.’ The lady thought: too easy! She walked three times around the church as the Pastor had asked. When she was finished she told the Pastor she was ready to leave.’

The Pastor said, ‘Before you leave I want to ask you one more question. When you were walking around the church, did you see anyone gossiping? The lady replied, ‘no.’ He asked, ‘did you see any hypocrites?’ She replied, ‘no.’ He asked, ‘did you see anyone looking at their phone?’ She said ‘no.’ He then asked her, ‘do you know why?’ She replied, ‘no.’ He answered, ‘You were focused on the glass, to make sure you didn’t stumble and spill any water. It is the same with our life. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others. We will reach out a helping hand to them and concentrate on our own walk with the Lord.’

Wow... profound, huh? This story reminds us that we are responsible for our own walks with Christ and that’s what we should be focusing on- serving others, but focusing on making sure we don’t stumble (with sin) and build our relationship with Christ. The Deaf community is ripe with people who do not want to go to church or fellowship with other Christians due to excuses of others rather themselves. Romans 14:12 and some of 13 says, “so then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another...” So

in short, stop pointing at others and start pointing at yourself, asking yourself what’s your relationship with Christ like? What are you doing for others with a servant’s heart? 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up...” It does not say criticize what they’re doing in church, it says encourage and build up... In closing, I hope you have a great week, I challenge you to take an extra step to encourage someone today- whether a believer or not or better yet, both. Encourage them and let them know you love them.