THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE!

Some time ago I was speaking at a Conference in the beautiful country of Ireland.  A young woman came up to me and said in her beautiful Irish accent; “I wish I had your life, it sounds so wonderful.”  From the brief glimpse she had gained of my life her perception was that mine was significantly better than hers.  From the limited perspective she had that may have seemed the case, but I assure you my life has been fraught with many challenges.  Yet, I love my life and can say with certainty I would not want any other than the one I have right now. 

Hebrews 12 gives some great advice when the writer says, “run the race marked out for you.”  I find it very comforting to know that God has marked out a race specifically for me.  No other person can run my race because my feet are shod with the shoes God has made for me to run my race.  It is easy enough to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but that is merely from one side.  Let me encourage you by making a few suggestions about seeing the grass under your feet.

1.     Quit looking at the grass on the other side and start seeing what is under your two feet:  We can be so obsessed with someone else’s good fortune that we fail to stop and see our own. 

2.     Be thankful for every blade of grass underneath you:  When you start learning to be grateful for each blessing you have it is amazing how it can change your entire perspective on life. 

3.     Remember God placed you on the grass you stand on:  Appreciate where God has placed you, He knows you better than you know or understand yourself.

4.     You will be most comfortable on your own patch of grass:  it may look lush and green on the other side of the fence, but truth be told, you will never feel comfortable on someone else’s turf.  Be content with who you are and where you are. 

5.     Start watering the grass under your feet:  Sometimes we get so side tracked with the grass on the other side of the fence that we forget to water and feed our own grass.  Start to nurture your turf and see how beautiful it will begin to look.

6.     As you nourish the grass beneath your feet you will nourish those around you:  When you begin to take care of the turf under your feet there will be enough nourishment for you to feed others.  I have always found that when my soul is in a good place I can be an encouragement to those around me.

Make a decision to enjoy the day ahead of you.  Determine that you will appreciate the grass under your feet and that you will be thankful for where you find yourself.  You can be certain of one thing – the great Gardener wants you to flourish on your own patch of grass. 

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

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Carol