I enjoy cleaning windows with the strong scent of Windex in the air, the wiping of paper towels upon the cold glass and the clarity of the view after it is finished. There is just something to be said for wiping away and cleansing all the dirt from the windows. When I have finished the task and the sun shines through the clean window the entire room appears to be brighter than before. If I never did another load of laundry or cleaned another toilet or scrubbed another bathtub I would be happy but I would miss cleaning my windows. Windows are the view to the outside world to light and people, traffic and happenings. When opened they let in the breeze and refresh the air, when closed they keep us warm and safe from the outside elements all while giving us the ability to view everything outside.
We humans are like windows to each other. As parents we keep our children warm and safe from the outside elements of the world. As people of faith we allow the light of God to shine through us on to others in our lives. As friends we let the fresh air into so many other lives through our laughter, hugs, shoulders to lean on and love that we give so openly. As people who screw up daily, constantly getting the filth of the outside world on us we need the cleansing. We need to have our mistakes wiped away so that the light can shine through more brightly. We need to ask for forgiveness, we need to make amends for our wrongdoings; we need to then forgive ourselves and wipe the window clean. When the windows are cleaned then they can function more fully to their full potential.
We need to take the time to reflect on what we have done wrong and to whom. We need to really think and pray about it and then make amends to those we have hurt and ask for forgiveness. Ask God for forgiveness and then forgive yourself. Then you too can brighten the room and your life will shine brighter than any window ever could.