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The Window Story

The author of the window story, "The Window Through Which We Look," is unknown, but the lesson it teaches speaks to each of us and is a great Bible illustration for lessons, sermons, devotions or family worship time.

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A window can be that through which we see the openness beyond or it can remind us of a prison with self as the center. 

Sometimes lessons "sting" or as many say - "step on our toes!"  In reality these hard lessons can lead to a newness and refreshing in our lives and help us see the beauty beyond.

The Window Story - A Bible Illustration 

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are 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 to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised 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 purity of the window through which we look.

"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
Matthew 7:3 

Lessons from the Window Story:

Be Careful of Judging Others

The lesson from the window story is obvious, before we judge others while looking out the window, let us look in a mirror first and clean our own windows.

Jesus taught about this in His Sermon on the Mount:

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye."  Matthew 7:1-5

Don't Fall Into the Comparison Trap

It is easy to become so preoccupied with what others are doing that we lose sight of God's leadings in our own life.  

"But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another." Galatians 6:4

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt 

Moral of the Window Story:

Our perspective of others as well as the world varies according to how clean we keep our windows.

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