the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence; don’t fall into the lie.
we have had the opportunity this week to celebrate the life of my grandfather, wally.
he was an amazing man who gave great hope and meaning to many in this world.
as many of us have reflected back on all that he accomplished in his life, we quickly have experienced feelings of inadequacy and awe with all that he endured, forgave, and achieved.
some sort of divine tension is likely in order: how to strive to be all that you can be and do all that you can do in imitation of our heavenly Father who does all and is all (parable of the talents) and be content with what you have and who you are (phil. 4:10-12).
it is easy to fall into one of these camps:
be and do everything you can, and never be content with anything.
be lazy, pursuing nothing that is difficult or uncomfortable, and convince yourself and others that it really is rest in contentment.
finally, there are some who do neither, but if you are doing neither, you will have a harder time rationalizing your wasted life: not doing anything and discontent.
as you consider which camp you are more prone to falling into, let me leave you with the words of paul from 1 cor. 7:17 and the only hope we have to walk this line in this life:
“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.”
live as you were called.
stop wasting your time looking over the fence to see if the grass is greener.
be faithful to the life that God has called you to.
when you realize that you are struggling with envy, jealousy, or discontentment on the one hand or laziness on the other, look to Jesus, our only hope.
Jesus is our only hope, the model and the means by which we can live fully, the life that we were called to live for the glory of God and our good.
do you struggle more with laziness, unfaithfulness or envy, discontentment? how do you respond?