A couple of donkeys were in two fields separated by a barbed wire fence. The grass was equally lush and green in both pastures. Yet each donkey could be seen poking its head through the fence as far as possible to graze on the grass in the adjoining field. As the old saying goes, “The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.”
We Christians often display that same tendency. Something that belongs to someone else, or some talent or ability that is beyond our reach, can seem so much more appealing that what we already possess. Yet the Lord wants us to be satisfied with what He has given to us.
That is not say we shouldn’t be diligent in using our God-given abilities to take advantage of opportunities to improve our situation. But we are not to be discontent with what we have, nor to covet our neighbor’s possessions. Rather, keeping eternity’s values in view, we are to thank the Lord for what He has given to us.
When we know we are living according to God’s will and we are confident that He will meet our every need, we will lose our appetite for the “grass on the other side of the fence.” It just won’t look so green to us anymore. – Richard W. De Haan
Envy not your neighbor;
No matter what his lot;
You’ll find you fare much better
Being content with what you’ve got. – Roworth
Contentment isn’t getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have.
- April 26, 1991, Our Daily Bread