The Grass is Greener…

The Grass is Greener

[W]e’ve all heard the expression, “The grass is greener on the other side.” If we are honest, this is a dominant philosophy that fuels much of the world and our human interactions with one another.

I recently taught a lesson where I offered a twist on the expression. “The grass is greener where you water it.” I’ve found this to be very true and it shows the futility of chasing green grass around. We all want green grass in our lives and the people that find it are the ones who make the effort to water it.

I happened to reseed my lawns last week and Monday was a big day of growth for all my new little seedlings. As we watch the transformation of brown summer grass into fresh new green winter grass we have been thinking about this expression once again. My wife added a profound new twist to it as well, “The grass is greener where you water it, but so are the weeds.” If you’ve ever reseeded your lawn you know all too well what I’m talking about. Some of the seeds get in the rocks and with all the extra watering there is plenty of opportunity for the weeds.

And yet this is often the unexpected part of life. We finally commit to watering the grass in an area of our life and then expect only great results. Yet we find weeds mixed in. It can happen in our marriage, our career, or even our journey with God. For many people it discourages them and sends them back to pursuing green grass somewhere else. But the real challenge, and the real reward, is to continue to water the grass while expecting and eradicating the weeds as they come.

So how does your grass look?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to five. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.

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