October 7, 2021

Weekly Reflection – Dirty Laundry

Weekly Reflection – Dirty Laundry

This week’s Reflection, Dirty Laundry, is a simple illustration of how we often see life through our personal “lens.” If the lens is clean, we will see clearly. If the lens is clouded by sin, we will see less clearly. This thought reminds me of Jesus and those he chastised for having a log stuck in their eye. May we seek this week to see clearly from a pure heart.

Peace and Blessings,

Chaplain Allen


A young couple moved into a new house. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the washing outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better soap powder.  Her husband looked on, remaining silent.

Every time her neighbor hung her washing out to dry, the young woman made the same comments.

A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?” The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look. So don’t be too quick to judge others, especially if your perspective of life is clouded by anger, jealously, negativity, or unfulfilled desires. Judging a person does not define who they are; it defines who you are.


Note: Taken from Arlene Duchay Southerland, Texas Woman’s Social Club. The opinions expressed herein are those of the Chaplain alone and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of any organization he may be associated with.

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