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The Dirty Windshield

          A man and his wife once pulled into a gas station to refuel their car. As the tank was being refilled, the station attendant washed the windshield. When he finished, the driver of the car said, "The windshield is still dirty. Wash it again."

          "Yes, sir," the attendant answered. As he scrubbed the windshield a second time, he looked closely for any bugs or dirt he might have missed. When he finished, the man in the car became angry. "It's still dirty!" He yelled. Don't you know how to wash a windshield? Do it again!"

          The attendant cleaned the windshield a third time, carefully looking for any place he might have missed, but could find no messy spots anywhere. By now, the driver was fuming. He screamed, "This windshield is still filthy! I'm going to talk to your boss to make sure you don't work here another day. You are the lousiest windshield washer I have ever seen!"

          As he was about to get of the car, his wife reached over and removed his glasses. She carefully wiped them with a tissue, then put them back on his face. The driver embarrassingly slumped down into his seat as he observed a spotless windshield.

          Critical people view others through their own dirty glasses. The dirt on their hearts causes them to see everything from an unclean, critical perspective. They become angry at what they perceive to be dirt on other people, when in reality they are looking at others through the dirt on their own hearts. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 97-98)

You Cannot Please the Critics

            A father, son, and their donkey were traveling from one village to another. The boy walked while the man rode the donkey. The father overheard a bystander say, “That’s a shame. Look how that man is making that poor boy walk.”

            Not wanting to be the object of criticism, the father and son changed places. The boy rode the donkey while the man walked. He then heard a woman comment, “Look how that boy on the donkey is making that poor man walk.”

            The father and son both climbed onto the donkey. As they traveled down the road, someone said, “Look how that man and boy are making that poor donkey suffer.”

            They both got off and walked. The people remarked, “Look at that stupid man and boy. They’re walking when they could be riding that donkey.”

When they entered the next village, the boy was walking and the man was carrying the donkey!

            No matter what you do, someone will find fault.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 109-110)


Remove the Log in Your Own Eye

Judgmental people form opinions based on partial or misleading information. A friend of mine sells tires. One day he received a call from an unsatisfied customer.

“You sold me a couple of defective tires,” the man griped. “The whitewalls are peeling off, and I want you to replace them free of charge.”

“Let me guess,” my friend said. “Are the front and back tires on the passenger side the ones peeling?”

“As a matter of fact, yes—they are. How did you know?” the surprised customer answered.

“They’re tearing up because when you parallel park, you pull too close to the curb and rub your tires against the concrete,” my friend replied. “That’s why the whitewalls are peeling off.”

The customer criticized the salesman because he had overlooked one important piece of information—the culprit was himself!

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 115)


Learning From Criticism

          Whenever Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was about to implement a plan, he would always take the plan to his greatest critics to examine. His critics, of course, would usually proceed to tear his plan apart showing him why it would never work.

          Someone asked him why he wasted his time showing it to a group of critics instead of taking it to advisors who were sympathetic to his ideas. He answered, "Because my critics help me find the weaknesses in the plan so I can correct them."

          In the same way, God uses the judgmental person to reveal our blind spots so we can make the necessary changes. If we truly want to be pleasing to the Lord, we will accept the exposure of our faults so we can correct them, even if the revelation comes from a hateful person. (Kent Crockett, The 911 Handbook, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003, 104)

As Compassion Decreases . . .

"As compassion decreases, criticism increases. As compassion increases, criticism decreases." --Kent Crockett

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 113)

Cross Reference:

Easy to See Others Faults

Form Your Opinions on the Facts

Give With the Right Attitude

Imagining the Opposition