Our tendency to believe things would be better if we somewhere other than where we are, if we were in someone else’s shoes, or had their advantages
For the resolute and determined there is time and opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Unknown
I’m convinced that there are two kinds of people: those who seek greener pastures and those who seek to create greener pastures. Unknown
We often find ourselves wishing for better circumstances. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” It is easy to think that our circumstances are so undesirable, we would be better off to trade them for someone else’s circumstances. We envy those that seem to have it better, wishing that theirs was ours.
A major problem with this thinking is we are not taking responsibility for the pasture we already have. Our lives are largely what we make of them. Responsibility and accountability are big issues. We appreciate more the things we have had to work very hard to accomplish; ‘sweating blood and tears’, than something that is just handed or given to us. It is so easy to let our minds wish for the “so-called” perfect situation; a life on a silver platter. Most have a very hard time appreciating things that come too easy. “No pain, no gain”. If we were to be given “greener pastures” would we appreciate them or would we soon take them for granted. The grass would probably turn brown because we did not take care of our new pasture. Those given wealth and prosperity, through either inheritance, winning the lottery, or whatever, often get into miserable circumstances. They never committed to care for their pasture. The other side of the fence is often not as desirable as it appears to be.
Life requires us to make it on our own; learning how to appreciate what we have had to work for. We make our own circumstances. There are no short cuts. Having green pastures requires commitment and hard work. “There is no free lunch”. Someone else’s life is never as easy as it appears to be when after we find ourselves on their side of the fence or experiencing life in their shoes. We must be careful what we wish for, we may get it. We are the architects of our own success. The goal is to better ourselves and our circumstances on a day by day basis, “inch by inch”, “one bite at a time” and “one step at a time” It “boils down” to diligence, consistency, determination, vision, and persistence. The more we acquire the right attitude, the more we will see our pasture becoming greener and greener. Life will give us what we ask for. It does not give it to us for free.
Challenge: Do you wish for someone else’s circumstances? It is a serious waste of time and counterproductive. Your green pasture requires your commitment and hard work. Your life is going to be what you make of it. Your own green pastures are waiting for you to develop and to maintain. They are there if you want them. Now is the time to take responsibility for cultivating the better life you have often wished to have.
Wisdom: When you are tempted to look elsewhere for greener pastures, just remember someone else is probably looking at yours. And if another pasture looks greener, perhaps it is getting better care and attention. Grass is always greener . . . where it is watered. Ezra Taft Benson
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. Job 5:2
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. Proverbs 14:30
God wishes for us to live in green pastures. He is a Faithful Shepherd. He will lead us to the greenest pastures we could ever imagine. We must trust Him and follow where He leads. He knows what he is doing. Our problem is we are afraid to let go and let Him. We lack faith and commitment to step out and allow Him to show us how. God loves us and wants us to live life fully. The problem is we cannot get there on our own. We need his help.
Prayer: Help me to be thankful for all of the many ways that I am blessed. Help me to let go and let You.