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The Grass is Greener

“ Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” -Hebrews 13:5

You know the saying ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’? Well once you cross to the other side it seems your grass was actually greener.

Unfortunately, we live in a very social media world with Twitter, Facebook, Snap Chat, etc… With that everyone can share what’s going on in their lives. Some people share too much and too personal of things but what I’ve noticed for most people they like to only share the good and happy moments. But sometimes with that comes envy of their green grass. They always seem to have it together; they have the perfect family or marriage with no problems. They travel everywhere so they must have money or at least can finance better than me. What am I doing wrong, why can’t we seem like that? Sound familiar? It does for me because I, on occasion, have thought that too.

The problem with social media is that we don’t get the entire picture. Unless we really know our many “friends” on a daily personal level, we don’t really know what’s going on in their lives. Their grass might seem greener, but we don’t know all the struggles they could be going through that they aren’t sharing. And if we had their struggles verses our own, we probably wouldn’t be happy. We fail to see what’s beyond the front of our eyes.

A good example would be Lot and Abraham in Genesis 13:5-18. By now both men had become prosperous in their sheep herding with too many to count. Fighting and bickering between the workers soon become a problem. So, as a man of God, Abraham and his godly wisdom decides to end the problem. The land was big enough for both men to go their separate ways and raise their sheep farms separate. Abraham gave Lot the choice to go left or right and then he’d go the opposite direction. On one side the grass was greener, water more abundant, and overall the better choice. The other way more desolate and barren. Lot, of course, chose the better way, the valley of Jordan close to Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham headed to Canaan.

Lot made a shrewd business choice without thinking beyond what he could see, the green grass of prosperity. He failed to remember God’s promise to Abraham, he failed to see what would come living so close a worldly city, he failed to be humble as God wants us to be and let Him lead.

The choice of believing the grass is greener on the other side. We know it well, Lot, his family, his workers eventually were drawn into living in Sodom and Gomorrah, a sinful city. God was soon forced to bring fire and brimstone upon this once lavish, beautiful land and now it was a wasteland. Lot paid a terrible price for his short-lived pleasure.

When we look at others and their “social” posts we need to remember the grass is not as green as our own. When we look at our lives through the eyes of faith instead of green with envy, we can see all the promises God has given us and what we have is all we need. Look past what your eyes can physically see and choose to be happy in a life you have been blessed with. Remember God is good all the time.

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