Greener Pastures

You can put cows in the biggest, most beautiful pasture ever, and before long a few of them will be pushing at the fences. They will walk right past all the beautiful alfalfa in their own field, crane their necks across barbed wire, carefully avoiding the electric fence, to nibble at the grass on the other side.

Then there are the people who ignore all the ‘stuff’, blessings in their own life, and spend their energies on longing for what other people have. It doesn’t have to be stuff. It can be looks, position, accomplishments. Have you ever left someone’s house and wished you…had what they had, were as orderly as they were, could communicate with your spouse as nicely as they did? Don’t worry, we all have.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that love…does not envy. One easy way to begin building our brain for this aspect of love is to cultivate an attitude of thankfulness. What do you have to be thankful for today? Did you find five minutes for yourself? Did you find the floor amongst the clutter? Are you caught up on dishes? Do you have a lawn to mow? Have you seen the sun today? Are you and your family healthy? I once talked to someone who said that she’d been to the so down at one point of her life that she’d lain in bed and said “thank you, God, that there is paint on that wall. Some people don’t have paint on their walls.”

Let’s start cultivating thankfulness today. Can you list five things that you have to be thankful for today?

Lord, thank you so much for all you have given us. No matter our place in life, we can see Your mighty work on our behalf. Help us to see what we have more than what we don’t have and to begin living a life of love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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