Mendenhall Glacier-Juneau Alaska 2009
Judge not, lest you be judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with
the same measure it will be measured unto you. Matthew 7: 1&2
I remember many, many years ago a story that was told to me about a pastor who was called on
to try to speak to two neighbors who were having a dispute. Both attended his church. While
listening to all the ugly remarks one of the neighbors was expressing to him about the other.
She instructed him to look out the window at her neighbor white sheets on the line. They
weren’t white, they were dingy. She didn’t even know how to do laundry right!
Next he went to the other ladies home. She was a more gracious lady. She didn’t really
understand why her neighbor had such harsh feelings towards her and didn’t really know
how to change the situation. It seemed that whatever she did her neighbor criticized it and
jumped on it, and blew it out of proportion. The pastor stood up, went to the window to
ponder the situation. To his surprise the dingy sheets that he had gazed upon from the window
next door where snowey white! How could this be? He excused himself and went outside. It
was no trick of the eye they were white! Then he looked at the next door neighbors windows.
They were what was dingy, not the sheets. So whenever the neighbor looked out her own dirty
window, it made the white sheets of her neighbor appear to be dingey.
I hate to admit that I sometimes look out upon people or view situations through a dirty
window. I sometimes make my own judgements and then determine a persons heart from my
view point. So my prayer for today is for the Lord to help me to be more long-suffering and less
judgemental. And to give me wisdom to discern truth.