Windows are designed to look through. Especially in the daytime – and we don’t notice the flaws, imperfections and plain DIRT on them unless the light hits them a certain way. Clear enough most of the time to look through them at others. We don’t notice the flaws until the light is just right – or when there is an absence of light. And when the angle and light is just right – we are able to see our own reflection in that glass. And glance at our own imperfections. It is sobering. It is humiliating. But it is also necessary. Sometimes I get so focused on the ‘out there’ past the flawed glass – that I don’t notice what’s up close and personal – like my flawed reflection. The real me. It is easy to take my attention off of me – and on to other people – silently criticizing or rebuking in my thoughts – and sometimes voicing them, spreading hurt, distrust and disillusionment around in a way that cannot be fixed. Anything to hide my insecurity and my flaws.
The Bible talks about this kind of judgment in the book of Matthew chapter 7:
3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Take care of your own reflection, my friends. Clean the dirt from your window – then you will see clearly to remove the plank from your eyes. Then gently, very gently go to your brother or sister and ask for permission to remove the speck of dust from their eye. Remember that those you have heavily criticized – for having many flaws – you also have many of the same flaws and MANY more that they don’t. You can be sure that with the same lack of grace and mercy you have judged – you will also be judged.
I want my plank out for good. I want to see through my window knowing that I can see others with an unselfish and pure motive – free of any hidden agenda. To see them as Jesus sees them – and how Jesus sees me.