For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. ~ James 1:23-24 KJV
What good is a window if it’s dirty? You can’t see to the outside of it’s room, the rays from the sun are blurred, and it doesn’t give your home the curb appeal that it once did.
A dirty window may give a false representation of what’s reflected on the other side. A jogger’s white shirt may look dingy through the dusty glass. Even the green blades of healthy lawn may look dry and dead when looking through dirty glass.
So why do people look through dirty windows? Why not take the time to clean the window to get a clear view of the happenings on the other side.
Have you ever noticed someone watching you from their window? You were walking the dog and felt like someone was watching, and when you looked around the blinds of the house across the street snapped shut. Someone was watching you!
Why is it that we judge people by what we see on the outside? If a man is tall we label him a basketball player. If he’s wide we label him a football player. But you will never know until you find out who that person is on the inside.
I recall a time when I began a new job. I met this guy who had a long brown ponytail and a long thick beard that matched it. He was a heavy white guy, with tattoos on his arms, and on his neck. One day I built up enough nerve to ask the question, “What kind of bike do you ride?”, he looked at me and replied “I have never rode a bike in my life”. What an embarrassing moment that was.
Never judge a book by it’s cover.
We can’t judge people by what they look like on the outside, it’s just like looking through a dirty window, the view is blurred.
Are You A Window Watcher
Window watchers are the people who sit and watch everyone else. They pick out their spiritual blemishes and smudges. They are quick to point out everything that you do wrong, but fail to see the reflection of themselves in the window as they watch you.
Are you a window watcher? If you spend more time looking out the window than you do looking in the mirror, then yes you are a window watcher. If your focus moves past the reflection in the glass to inspect that’s on the other side, then yes, you are a window watcher.
My advice to you is to take time to look in the mirror and fix what you see. Then you can help someone else with their problems. Someone once said that if you’d take six months to mind your own business, and six months to leave others alone, the world would be a better place.
So I challenge you today to spend more time in the mirror so you don’t forget what’s there, clean it up and save the dirty windows for later.