Faith Filled Friday: The Dirty Window
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees 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 looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? ”
The husband replies, “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.
The above story came around on Facebook, and I thought it would make a good post for today.
It brought out two points:
1. Help thy neighbor
2. Don’t prejudge
The woman may be new to the neighborhood, but that shouldn’t stop her from visiting her neighbor. Granted, I think it should be the other way around, but is there a formal protocol? She could take her a gift basket and include her favorite laundry soap. We know the reason for the “dirty” laundry because of reading this, but suppose there had been something else going on? Maybe she was out of laundry soap and had no money to buy more. Maybe her washer was broken and she had to do the laundry by hand. Maybe she didn’t know how to sort her laundry.
It has been proven that at an accident scene no two people will see the same things. My husband tends to see the mechanical side while I see the people side. When I worked in the ER it always surprised me how many different accounts there were of the same accident, and of course, it was always the other guy’s fault.
Students in the classroom will see the teacher differently–those that like him may see nothing wrong and love his teaching skills. Others will notice the large mole on his neck, or his mismatched socks, or his odd slant of writing on the chalkboard and not pay attention to his teaching. They don’t do as well on the tests since they’re focused on other things and complain that he’s a bad teacher.
With the new year soon to be upon us, we should give this some thought. Are we looking at life through a dirty window when we should be looking at the world through the clean eyes of Jesus.