Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Grass May Be Greener on the Other Side

... Cauca...
But it still has to be mowed.

Several years ago, a newspaper cartoon was drawn of two fields divided by a fence.  Both were about the same size, and each had plenty of lush green grass.

Each field had a mule whose head stuck through the wire fence, eating grass from the other's pasture.  The neighboring field seemed somewhat more desirable--even though it was harder to reach.

In the process, the mules' heads became caught in the fence.  They panicked and brayed uncontrollably at being unable to free themselves.  The cartoonist wisely described the situation with one caption:  "DISCONTENT."

Like the mules, when we focus on what we don't have we become blinded to the blessings which surround us.  There is nothing wrong with desiring something, but to think life is easier in someone else's pasture may not be true.  Besides, no matter whose pasture we are in, we will always have to deal with the attitudes of our own heart.

Be content with such things as ye have.
Hebrews 13:5

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