A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looked on, remaining silent.
Every time her neighbor hung her wash to dry, the young woman made the same kind of comments: “It’s a shame her mother never taught her how to do laundry. Do you think her machine is broken? Maybe she is not using enough bleach.”
A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly! I wonder who taught her? ”
The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.
Lord, give us clear vision to not only see the truth but to perceive it correctly. Give us eyes that are full of compassion and grace, that believe the best about our neighbor and that are mindful of our “dirty windows”. You stand ready to clean them…always. We pray that you would be glorified in how we think, how we see things, what we say and how we comport ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ. We love you and it is our sincere desire. AMEN!