Have your heard the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”
Of course you have because it’s famously used all over the world.
It’s my belief, this saying is famous from the vulnerability we have of comparison.
The truth is, we all compare ourselves to others as we think about where we are and where we want to be. However, this is a massive trick that often leads to being disillusioned from what we have, and reaching for something we think we need.
This is also how we become discontent with the blessings God has given us, which causes us to forget all the good things He has done.
This shows up in scenarios like, we get a new car and we’re thrilled about it, but then we see the newest version of the car, and now what we have isn’t good enough. We get a house, we’re thrilled, but then someone else gets a bigger home and all of the sudden, our house is too small. We receive our spouse and we’re so happy to be married, but then we see someone else and think, they would be better for me.
Notice how comparison can lead us into thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.
It’s from this place that devastating decisions happen, only leaving hurt and disappointment.
But there’s a better way for us and that is, Water your yard!
These three words change our perspective of what we have and our connection to the people God has given us.
When we water our yard, we are nurturing the blessings, the people and the places God has given to us. When we do this, we appreciate and respect what we have, which leads to a life of thanksgiving.
This is what we’re commissioned to do
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:18
Notice, being thankful in ALL circumstances, is the WILL of God for us. I don’t know about you, but I’m still working on this. But this is how we water our yard.
When we’re thankful, it cultivates our attitude to be in the moment and to see what God has done.
So here’s what happens.
First, to value the people and things we have. This helps us see who we have and what we have in the moment. It’s not past tense or futuristic, it’s right now!
This is important because, when we compare, we think who and what we have isn’t good enough for us. This attitude is rooted in pride, which leads to a fall.
It’s good for us to be in the moment and to remember, who and what we have.
Second, we understand how far God has brought us. We may not be where we want to be, but we’re not where we used to be.
This puts into view how far God has brought us and what He’s given us along the way. This in itself, stirs us to see the goodness of God.
Third, we encourage our faith. When we live a life of thanksgiving, we are feeding our faith and starving our doubt. This is because thanksgiving is consciously remembering all that God has done, which then causes thanksgiving.
I know this may sound basic, but it’s powerful and when practiced, we water our yard and dismantle comparison.
Comparison is lie. we have to be pro active to defeat it. So today, I encourage you, Water your yard!!
Your grass will be as green as you water it. So, how green do you want your grass?
Don’t be fooled by the glamour reel of others. But instead, be rooted in your God and begin to water your yard today.
God has done so much for you and still, the best is yet to come!