Mar 6, 2012

Are Your Windows Dirty?

Last week during my scripture study I was reading in Luke 6 about the MOTE and the BEAM.  It reminded me of the October 2010 talk "Charity Never Faileth" by President Thomas S. Monson.  He said,

"A young couple, Lisa and John, moved into a new neighborhood. One morning while they were eating breakfast, Lisa looked out the window and watched her next-door neighbor hanging out her wash.
“That laundry’s not clean!” Lisa exclaimed. “Our neighbor doesn’t know how to get clothes clean!”
John looked on but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, Lisa would make the same comments.
A few weeks later Lisa was surprised to glance out her window and see a nice, clean wash hanging in her neighbor’s yard. She said to her husband, “Look, John—she’s finally learned how to wash correctly! I wonder how she did it.”
John replied, “Well, dear, I have the answer for you. You’ll be interested to know that I got up early this morning and washed our windows!”

How do we view each other? Are we looking through a window which needs cleaning? Are we making judgments when we don’t have all the facts? What do we see when we look at others? What judgments do we make about them?
Said the Savior, “Judge not.” He continued, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Or, to paraphrase, why beholdest thou what you think is dirty laundry at your neighbor’s house but considerest not the soiled window in your own house?
None of us is perfect. I know of no one who would profess to be so. And yet for some reason, despite our own imperfections, we have a tendency to point out those of others. We make judgments concerning their actions or inactions.
There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Thus the commandment: “Judge not.”

For me, this is a hard commandment.  I have a tendancy to judge others (often times unfairly).  Just as President Monson said, I don't know the circumstances or what's in their heart.  This is something I need to work harder on, looking for the good in others and giving them the benefit of the doubt.  Think of what the world would be like if everyone stopped judging and helped instead.

The Mormon Messages Channel just came out with a video of this story.  I love it!!!