When we view other people’s lives, oftentimes we question, “is the grass greener on their side?” Which prompts us to compare our lives to those we do life alongside. A question which can cause division and contempt if our hearts are not healthy.
Then the follow up question, “is greener better?” Because when we view another person’s landscape it may be well manicured but the irrigation system may be lacking. The artificial turf might be thriving on material bliss, which doesn’t satisfy our internal thirst.
I am not going to lie, but the grass can be much greener and greener actually can be much better. Green can offer enjoyment and freedom. Green is viewed as an indicator of wealth; is symbolic of healthy living and natural resources; and sustainability. There is nothing wrong with striving for greener grass, but green grass needs cultivated and maintained.
As a collective society we want a greener healthier planet, looking for ways to maintain the health of our planet may be a source of conflict, which creates division. If we take a closer look, one will notice the disease which runs rampant and the infestation. And it’s not our Mother Earth; but the people and their spiritual health, fraught with illness. What good is the health of our planet if it’s occupants are plagued with disease?
The sustainability of our spiritual health is more important than the sustainability of Mother Earth. Because it is the people who most likely will destroy our beautiful planet if we can not get along, learning to love one and other as the bible teaches. And as believers it is our spiritual health which will be secured in our hereafter.
Going green with an unhealthy heart can lead to a host of other problems. If we are led astray by material wealth and seeking our identity through those possessions then we will never truly be at peace with the person God has intended for us to be.
The Grass Isn’t Greener When It Breeds…
Materials blessings which are not appreciated create greed. There is never enough, leading to dissatisfaction, and just wanting more. Greed leading to…
For me an excessive indulgence of wine perpetuating an addiction. And others resulting in material waste and contributing to their addictive behaviors.
When we humans relish in our accomplishments to a certain extent is acceptable, but we should give credit where credit is due. Praising our creator for the gifts bestowed upon us and choosing to give back. It is not just the individuals who flaunt their successes but those who are green with…
Those whose jealousy hardens their hearts is equally as damaging. Choosing to not be resentful of others and to celebrate their accomplishments, and simply being grateful for what we have will remedy envy.
Having lush green grass is not bad, but green grass alone isn’t what makes people happy. Learning to be truly content is the key. Not coveting your neighbors possessions. Do not use others as your parameter to good health.
Maintaining Our Green Grass
With having beautiful grass comes daily maintenance. Seasons of change can cause irritants so we must be equipped to handle the struggles and embrace change. There are times our grass will go dormant but can re-emerge as a lush golf green, if we properly feed our spirituality. Our life experiences can leave a mark, a grass stain, and give us the opportunity to grow.
Well-maintained grass is important not just for ourselves but the environment. Sprinkle a little water on your neighbors grass, rejoice with them and celebrate their accomplishments. Together we can maintain the health of our planet by starting with our own hearts.
“15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasures, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”1 John 2:15-16 NLT
- Wrath… She’s such a drama queen.
- Greed, That’s Mine Not Yours
- Truth Hurts, Life Goes On Without You
- Envy, don’t you see my pain?
- Truth Hurts: I can’t be changed.
Relationship between spirituality and going green https://www.changeyourenergy.com/blog/2438/green-living-your-spiritual-health
As an imperfect human my growth has been spurred on by a life catastrophe, because I chose to ignore my struggles. Instead of choosing to look inward and identify the source of the problem, which was ME, I placed blame on the society around me. The end result was to numb my discomfort and quell my anxieties with that one glass of wine. By the grace of God I was able to seek forgiveness and unearth my flaws. Through sharing with others I was able to accept my flawed self and learn I did not need to suffer alone. The result peace, from a loving God, not the spirit in the bottle.