“The grass is always greener on the other side.”
We have all felt this way at one time or another. Otherwise, this phrase wouldn’t be a cliché. Sometimes it’s hard to be content to sit on our little patch of earth, when everywhere we look, things look so much better. Well, I’d like to share something with you that changed my perspective and, ultimately, my grass too.
What makes greener grass?
- The foundation. The base that the grass is growing in has to be ideal.
a. Free from rocks and other debris.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24(kjv)
b. Rich, fertilized soil. Properly balanced soil needs to be tested and then, proper elements added to make the perfect environment.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
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 steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
c. In a prime location.
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said…Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:4-15
2. The proper care. You can’t just drop the seed, you have to apply the appropriate components to make it grow.
a. Sun/Son – Salvation is the most important element.
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:31-36
Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:14
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14
d. Additional fertilizer
I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. James 5:7
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13
Some say that the grass is always greener over the septic tank…either way, it takes hard work, patience, and often, a bit of difficulty to create the perfect lawn. Instead of dwelling on your neighbor’s patch of grass, take some time to work on your own. Remember, if you aren’t content right now, you never will be.
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2016. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp7002-07-16