H has a severe case of lawn envy. Picture this: meticulously groomed, lush green lawns on both sides of the street, not a single blade of grass out-of-place or a leaf in sight, and then you come to our house… How shall I say this: our lawn has that ‘lived on’ look. I totally get it. If I looked at a snapshot of our neighborhood, my eye would be drawn to the pristine lawns as well. Just for a moment or two, take a closer look at the photograph, and tell me what you really see.
I see a lawn worn from the family pet and the joy we get from interacting with her; watching her run like the wind and jumping high to catch the ball. During the fall, leaves pile up, blanketing the grass with colors of red, yellow, and brown. Can’t you hear the crunch underfoot as you walk around the flowerbeds? And during the winter, mounds of snow can be seen as we attempt to build snowmen, or shovel paths for A. Springtime finds our lawn riddled with divots from the squirrels scurrying around looking for their stash of food. Our lawn is not perfect, but it has a history, a life that is being lived.
So many times we look at our lives, jobs or spouse and think “why can’t I have the perfect life she has” or to use the old cliché, “the grass is always greener on the other side”.
Take a moment to closely examine your life:
- Are you living in the center of God’s will and purpose for your life?
- Are you using the gifts God has given to you to their fullest?
- Are you content?
- Do you have unconfessed sin hindering you from experiencing joy?
If you answered ‘no’ to questions 1-3 or ‘yes’ to question #4, then maybe that is why the grass looks greener somewhere else. What changes do you need to make in order to answer yes to God and His desires for your life?
1 Timothy 6:6 (ESV) “But godliness with contentment is great gain,”
Until Next Time,