Proverbs 12.12 “Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.”
The grass is always greener on the other side.
Man, did you see Joe’s new Mercedes? Did you see the new ring he bought his wife? It just seems like everything Joe touches turns to gold. Man, why doesn’t God bless me like Joe? Maybe God doesn’t love me as much as he loves Joe. I wish I could be Joe.
Looking at your neighbors’ grass is okay if it creates useful knowledge… If you use your observations to help you make your lawn better.
But for many, we just stare at Joe’s grass too long. Then, bad emotions develop. You know what those emotions are. They are jealousy.
You have every right to observe other’s blessings. But you must do so with purpose. What can you learn about Joe? His attitudes. His methods. What can you learn by Joe’s conduct and example? Then how can you employ that information into your own self?
You have to limit your observations of Joe, or you may well become jealous. And, yes, blinded from staring at your neighbors grass.
Try these guides.
1. Observe, but don’t stare.
2. Articulate in no more than three simple points what you learn from Joe.
3. Ask God to help you apply what you observe to bring Him honor and glory.
Remember, your grass is greener than you think.