Navigating the Valley

by: Jennifer Craine

Priorities

The Grass Isn't Greener

May 28, 2020

Too often times in this world we try to find fulfillment in things or people. When the things (job, money, possessions, lusts, drugs, alcohol, food... ) don’t satisfy anymore, we seek more of whatever “it” may be or turn to a new idol. If it’s a person that is not meeting our desires, we often times start looking for what we want in someone else, the grass is greener on the other side concept, and walk away from that relationship. Always in search of that something or someone better to meet our wants.

Things and people can enhance our lives and bring us encouragement and happiness but it is only temporary. Jesus is the only ONE that can create life, give live, sustain life, and bring true joy. Jesus is the bread of life, ‭‭John‬ ‭6:35, 47-48, 51‬. He gives us living water, John‬ ‭7:37-38‬. All we have to do is turn to Him, seek Him for everything, and He will be faithful to provide.

Don’t give up, the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it, where you fertilizer it, where you aerate it... it’s greener where you focus on it, spend time taking care of it, nurturing it, feeding it, uplifting it, encouraging it...

Maybe it’s time to change where the focus is. As Paul wrote in Philippians‬ ‭4, he had learned to be content no matter his state. We need to seek God for that contentment and let Him fill us with living water and be our bread of life. Then as we do that, we need to pour into our relationships and watch them prosper and grow.

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John‬ ‭6 NKJV
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. v 35 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. v 47-48 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”” v 51

John‬ ‭7:37-38‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.””

Philippians‬ ‭4:10-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”