The Greener Grass Syndrome

You know the saying, "the grass is always greener on the other side"? I tend to believe that just about every single day.

It's common for us to fall into the trap of thinking that somewhere else is always better than where we are. That maybe life is better on the other side of marriage, graduation, a job, a promotion. I even heard a 70 year old man say the other day that he was counting down the days to retirement when he was 65. 

God has placed some incredible opportunities into my life and just this week I heard about what someone else has been up to and I immediately felt worthless. I don't even know this person but they work in the same field I do and have been doing some pretty remarkable things. I was instantly jealous and felt like I'm doing nothing with my life. I had to take a step back and remind myself to be faithful to what God has called me to. 

We always think that there's gotta be something better. 

And in a sense, we're right. 

It's like the famous C.S. Lewis quote. “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 said that God placed eternity into man's heart. These desires for something more aren't bad. They're just misguided. 

Instead of wanting more of someone else's calling, we should be wanting more of God's calling on our own life. 

God is the one who establishes our life's pace and timing. Not us. That's always so difficult for me to remember. I push and hustle like I can make this wheel spin on my own but in reality God is the engine who's moving me forward. I simply have to enjoy ride.

It's not a bad thing to be excited for what's next. But at the same time, if we're not content in the season we are in, it's going to wreck our lives with feelings of doubt, insecurity, and failure. I don't think God is about any of that. 

In the end, God has placed a calling on your life. It's up to you to continuously be faithful to whatever that it.

Maybe that means saying no.
Maybe that means being patient.
Maybe that means being okay with the unknown.

Whatever that means, your main job is to have a continuous, long-suffering faithfulness to God's mission and calling on your life.

Only then will you be able to appreciate the grass you're standing in.