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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Greener grass…

You shall not covet your neighbors wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor's house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Deuteronomy 5:21

Who is the person whose life you’d want to live? Be honest. We all have moments, if not of envy, but at least curiosity about what it would be like… You know what “they” (yep, writing about “they” could be its own blog post) say about the grass across the fence? They’re wrong.  Neil Barringham famously wrote “the grass is greener where you water it.” If you think when you look at someone else’s life you know everything about it, you’re wrong. Grass is always green, unless it’s dead. Get over it.
I didn’t mean to sound harsh, but we should know better. Most things look better from a distance. The final commandment in Deuteronomy 5 is specific in its guidance on property because it was authored by a God who knew His children. We mean well. We want to be happy with our lot, but sometimes the eye wanders, the heart longs, and there we go…

One of my favorite recent gospel hits is “God in me” by Mary Mary. Artists and sisters Erica and Trecina Atkins-Campbell put to music the struggle we’ve all had at some point, wondering, “how does (s)he do it?”
What is it you think you see
when you see me, you see me
You don't know how much I pray
don't know how much I gave
don't know how much I changed
I'm just trying to explain
It's the God in me…
But what they don’t know is when you go home
And get behind closed doors man you hit the floor
And what they can’t see is you’re on your knees
So the next time you get a chance tell ‘em
It's the God in me…
I’m human. I dream. I desire, but I’m learning thankfulness. It’s why I write about my abundant life. I’m learning to look at my own grass, grateful that I have a little patch of land where I can grow some. I am thankful. I am learning to be thankful for the rain, which waters my grass when I’m too frugal to turn on the sprinklers. I am thankful I have sprinklers to think about turning on, or not. I do not want to spend my life longing after the neighbors’ verdant lawn as mine dies, or overgrows under my feet. And now my rant is done. (I’m not even certain where that came from).

Love one another. If you see a beautiful lawn (literally or metaphorically), stop and compliment it. Be inspired by it. Then go home and water your own grass. Bloom where you’re planted. Love what you have. It’s your own personal blessing, and it wouldn’t work as well for anyone else as it does for you. We are each of us, all the time, stunning evidence that God is good. 

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