Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dirty Windows

John and Mary, a young couple, had just moved into a new neighborhood.  One morning while they were eating breakfast, Mary sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside to dry.

"That laundry is not very clean" Mary scoffed.  "She doesn't know how to wash correctly.   Perhaps she needs better laundry soap".

John looked on, but remained silent.

Every time Mary's neighbor would hang her wash out to dry, Mary would make the same comments.

About a month later, Mary was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.  I wonder who taught her?"

John 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 purity of the window through which we look.

                                  Author Unknown


  1. read this little story many years ago, but the lesson remains the same... several years ago i was hanging wash on the line and had an accident. now husband was at home tinkering around with something or other inside the house. no windows to look out of toward the clothesline...anyway the line came down when the post it was hitched to came down, hitting my leg and cutting me up something fierce. i was doing my best to catch the laundry and hold it off the ground screaming my lungs dry for husband to please come help...he never heard me until i crawled up the porch to the back door. bless his heart, he felt so badly that that very afternoon he went to the hardware store, and bought two new clothesline posts and some quikrete and got to work right fast. just like the husband in the story washing windows so his wife could see better, mine fixed me a sturdy clothesline so i could keep on doing laundry.

  2. I so Love my good husband! He is tolerant, God fearing, never quick to judge others, patient, kind and my hero in marriage.
    He supports my frailties, but encourages my growth, carries and shares my burdens when he must, too, and speaks softly or touches to gently calm my fears.
    He's even been known to help me keep my windows clean without later rubbing the soot into my shameful eyes!

    Thank you so much my God for answering my prayers and presenting and sending me my loving spouse as my partner in this earthly life, my strong, wholesome husband!

    And Thank you God for also reminding me to keep My own windows clean when I said, "I do."