‘That laundry is not very clean’, she said. ‘She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap’
Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: ‘Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?’
The husband said, ‘I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.’
What does this story tell us? It tells us that what we see when watching others depends on the cleanliness of our own window.
Have you ever felt that if someone could just spend some time in your shoes, they would not be so quick to judge you? Have you ever jumped to a conclusion about another woman without knowing the facts of her story? I dare say that we all have done or thought these things.
Every woman has a story; a story that involves challenges and victories, pain and joy, fear and peace. But what if we were able to spend some time in her shoes? Would what see, think or feel about her change?
Women know when they are being judged. And being judged can hurt.
We do not know all that has taken place in the life of the divorced mom who must leave her kids with a sitter so she can work 2 jobs to put food on the table. We might look at her as someone who is more interested in her career than her family. But, perhaps she was involved in an abusive relationship or was deserted by her husband, left alone to take care of her children without help.
Or what about the young mom who is on government assistance and going to college? Are we tempted to make a snap judgment about her? That she is using the system or taking advantage?
What if we spent some time in her shoes? We don’t really know until we do.
Sherry Poundstone’s passion is to show women that God sees them as He created them, not through the eyes of the world. Through humor and real-life examples, Sherry explores the practical life application of God’s principles.