Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Window Through Which We Look

This little story was in our church bulletin for this past sunday's service.  It reminded me of my friend Callie's blog, Through Clouded Glass because it goes to show you that life is how you look at it..whether the glass it 'clear' or 'clouded'.  Read on..its a neat story.
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 said.  "She doesn't know how to wash correctly.  Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash out to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was suprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.  I wonder who taught her this."

The husband said, "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 windows through which we look.

How true this story is!  This story is not only to be looked at through the eyes of the woman who did the laundry (the neighbor), but also the young woman who was critical.  We can all honestly say we've been both these women at one time or another in our lives.  We've been on both sides of the fence.  It is a lesson to us as Christians that we should stop and think before we say anything negative about another person, whether we feel its hurtful or not.  If it makes you question this at all, then its better to not say anything at all.   There are people out there who are quick to 'dish it out' but can't handle any negativity, whether big or small, when it comes back their way.  I know several people like this.  We should pray that God controls our tounges more often than what we probably do (me included!), and pray the same for others. 

Just goes to show you what clean windows can do for your life!


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