Water Your Grass

“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered.”

It’s too easy to compare every aspect of our lives to the lives of others and to the highlight reels we see on social media - our career, our health, our hobbies, our purpose, our home, our relationships, our family; the list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, it’s too easy to focus on the negative in our own lives and on all the circumstances (the fences) that we think need to change or be different in order for our lives to be better or more fulfilling (the greener grass).

The truth is, our circumstances are only part of the story, and we can’t allow our story to be defined solely by those circumstances. Our journey with infertility is an example of our circumstances…our fence. We could’ve allowed ourselves to focus on that fence in a negative way and to envy those families who had “greener grass” and were able to conceive children naturally. However, God reminded us that our circumstances of not being able to conceive children WOULD NOT prevent us from experiencing the joy and the fulfillment of having a family if we redirected and refocused our energy into watering the grass we were growing.

The moral of the story is simple; the fulfillment (the green grass) we experience in the many different areas of our life is LESS about the circumstances (the fence) and MORE about the focus of the person standing next to the fence.

The simple truth is, we need to stop comparing and stop thinking that someone else’s circumstances are better, or that their life is more fulfilling than ours. We need to stop focusing on what we don’t have and start focusing on what we do have! We need to redirect and refocus our negative energy into positive energy and put our time and attention into watering our OWN grass - the lives we DO know; not into the lives of others - the lives we THINK we know.

Remember, no one’s fence is built perfectly, nor is their grass always green. ALL grass has its season. What we see on social media isn’t always the “full story” of the hard work, the challenges, the struggles, the obstacles, the heartache, the sacrifices…all the watering that has been done to make someone else’s grass green!

Ashley Rae Klinger
Mrs. International 2020

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