Why are we so quick to judge others and yet hate it when it happens to us?
What do you see? Do you see a person begging trying to rip someone off or do you see a person that might need help and encouragement? Do you see a drug addict or do you see someone who desperately needs the Lord? Do you take the time to make a difference in other people’s lives or do you shake your head and continue on your merry way?
My friends many times we judge others without having full knowledge and yet we would absolutely hate it that someone would pass judgments on us without knowing us. We see a parent unable to handle a young child and we say, “Man they don’t have a clue; look at that brat.” And yet, for all we know, maybe their husband/wife has left them, they are working two jobs, and they are discouraged, exhausted, and doing the best they can do to keep what family they have left together.
I think many in America have been so hardened that they forget to “smell the roses.” They forget how blessed they are. So as we “take a road trip” through this article let us use a little “Windex” so that we may see more clearly the world in which we live.
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the newly married young lady looked out her kitchen window and saw her neighbor hanging the wash on a clothes line.
She turned to her husband and said, “That laundry is not very clean; it looks like she doesn’t know how to wash clothes correctly. It might help if she would use a better laundry detergent. One thing that I know is that she needs someone to teach her how to wash clothes. You know; some people have never been taught how to do it right. Jonathon, the way her laundry is; it just makes me wonder how clean the inside of her house is.”
Jonathon snuck a peek over his morning paper, shook his head, and said nothing.
This seemed like the daily ritual for Betty. Every day the neighbor hung her laundry out Jonathon would hear the same scenario over and over again. Every time Betty’s neighbor would hang her wash out to dry she would go on and on making the same comment over and over again.
A month later, his wife was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line. She was so excited that she turned to her husband and said, “Look, she finally learned how to wash clothes; I wonder who taught her?” Jonathon sighed, put down his newspaper and said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows!”
Don’t you think that we all, at certain times, need to clean our “windows” before we make judgments on other people? Here is a little refrigerator door wisdom to carry you through the rest of your day. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we are looking.