Watchmaker and Whistleblower — Oops!!! 

Watchmakers Shop, 81a, Rochester Row, London SW1 - - 739813

A watchmaker opened a shop in a small village.
Most of the men who lived there worked at the local mill.
For some time the watchmaker noticed a man who stopped daily,
took out his pocket watch, flipped the protective cover,
compared it to the clock in the window, and adjusted the watch.

One day he watchmaker went out and spoke to the man.
The watchmaker asked, “What do you do for a living?”
The man explained he was the foreman at the mill.
His job was to blow the whistle at lunch time.
The watchmaker smiled, chuckled, and said,
“I’ve been setting the clock in the window by your whistle.”
Each man was comparing his clock time to the other.

Comparing ourselves to others is generally a fruitless exercise.
It can lead us to pride about ourselves.
It might be a way to feel good about ourselves by putting someone down.
We might be mistaken in our comparing as the two in the story.
And, oh yeah — Jesus said, “Don’t do it!”

Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the
measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.

(Matthew 7:1-2)

[PHOTO is from the Geograph project collection. The copyright is owned by Kevin Gordon and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.  Wikimedia Commoms]

The story reminds me of a great song from back in the day.


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Watchmaker and Whistleblower — Oops!!! 

  1. That’s one really, truly jazzy song. And, yes, I do know what time it is. It’s 10:28 am. Wait, 10:29. Wait….

  2. This is so true. Comparing ourselves to others, especially spiritually is fruitless. God has given different gifts to everyone.

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