“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6
Our backyard looked funny this past summer. We were in the middle of a drought, but we had one spot in our yard that was greener then all the rest. That is because that grass was at the end of the pipe where the water from the washing machine runs out. All the other grass was brown and dying and that was lush and green. I wish I could get a picture, but we just had rain so everything is green at the moment.
We have all heard the saying “the grass is greener on the other side.” Actually, the grass is greener where we water it. Just like my backyard.
I like this saying. It is so true. I have envied others for what they have, yet they have worked hard to get it. Whether it be actual greener grass or a bigger house or a nicer, newer car, they have worked for it. We tend to forget that or simply don’t realize how much work they have put in.
This is where we need to turn our focus onto what we have been given. We need to ask ourselves, “have we been good stewards of what the Lord has given to us?” We don’t need to worry or fuss over what may be flourishing in someone else’s yard. We need to take care of our own.
Yes, there are times when we have put in hard work only to be laid off from a job, or we have put in many hours volunteering and it feels like the dog pooped on our grass. When life poops on you-water it. Something beautiful will come of it. God will see to that.
So, let me ask you…where would you want greener grass? your marriage? your finances? a happier family? a strong(er) relationship with the Lord? How much work are you willing to put into helping these things become greener? What are you willing to give up? Weeds do need to be pulled from time to time.
Start by spending some time in prayer asking the Lord to show you what He wants you to work on. He will give you the needed tools. It doesn’t matter how dead your grass may be, God can and will restore it if you ask.
Read: Matthew 25:14-30
A very special thanks to my friend, Sharon for the “poop” analogy. You are so funny, yet wise!