Joe and Carol moved into their first home in a lovely, old Sacramento neighborhood. All around them the restored houses displayed their manicured yards and stately porches. As with most couples, Carol was very proud of their new surroundings and their ability to afford such a treasured home.
One morning while they were eating breakfast, Carol saw her neighbor, Sally, hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry isn’t very clean,” Carol commented. “Sally doesn’t know how to properly wash clothes. I’ll bet she’s using cheap laundry soap.” Joe looked on, but didn’t say anything.
Every time Sally would hang her wash to dry, Carol would make the same comments.
A month later, Carol was surprised to see nice clean laundry hanging on the line and said to Joe, “Look, Sally has finally learned how to wash clothes. I wonder who taught her how?”
Joe replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
Sound familiar? Many times, our perceptions mirror our dirty windows more than they do our neighbor’s dirty laundry.
Finding the Holy in the daily requires keeping our interior windows clean. How’s your window washing going lately?
In Him together, Susan Gaddis