Sunday, May 27, 2012

Abiding in the Word on the not-so-green side of the fence.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law."

Galatians 5:22-23

On the way to church today, we passed one (of many) farms and there was a cow with her head stuck through the fence chomping down on grass from the other side. Andrew said, "I guess the grass really is always greener on the other side."

His comment struck a chord with me. How often do I think of my life with the grass looking greener on the other side? Am I grateful for where I am in life right now or am I always looking to something in the future?

You know, sometimes life just gives you lemons... like when you have this "water" coming out of your sink and the water company comes to your house every other day for a week trying to figure it out.

But in reality, it was just one week of my life. This time next year I probably won't even remember how frustrating it was to deal with the overly iron-y water coming out of our faucets. 

I think it's important to remind myself of all the wonderful things I have on my side of the fence - my wonderful family, good health, a comfortable home, Andrew's job, a welcoming church, faithful friends, etc. Yeah there might be times when the grass on the other side of the fence looks greener, but I should be rejoicing in the fact that I even have grass around me. Does that make sense?

Like James says, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let the steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

So the next time I think life looks a little greener on the other side of the fence, I'll remember how silly that cow looked today stretching her neck through the fence and thank the Lord for all of my blessings. Like this sweet girl...

And the next time life gives me lemons, I'll just take those lemons, make some delicious Chick-fil-A lemonade, and set up a little picnic for myself on that seemingly not-so-green grass.

Here's to a lush summer. :)

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