Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on. – Amar Dave

This reminds me of the devotion I read today regarding being thankful. It seems like sometimes we are always looking at the glass half empty instead of half full. We are always looking at the negative in our lives instead of the positives.

God wants us to be happy! We are His children. Happiness is walking closely with God. That is the only way we can find true happiness. It’s not in our circumstances or what makes us “feel good” or whether or not we are “entitled” to something. We need to be thankful for the blessings in our life and quit comparing our life to someone else’s life. We need to be thankful for the life God has given us and walk closely with Him to get the full blessings of life in Christ.

Each day we need to start the day looking at what is good in our life. Start each day by telling God 5 things you are thankful for. If you can’t do 5, then pick one. I’ve started journaling each day something that I am thankful for and it can’t be duplicate entries. If one day I am thankful for my husband, then I have to find something else the next day even though I will continue to be thankful for him. At the end of this journey, I plan to have 365 different things I am thankful for. Yesterday I was thankful for Jake who put air in the tire on my car. Today I am thankful for a computer. It’s the little everyday things that we tend to overlook as we “trudge” through each day. Today is a new day. Let us rejoice in it!! Find the good!

I’m telling you that the grass is not always greener on the other side. How many times do you hear people leaving their spouse because they met someone who has all the qualities the current spouse doesn’t have only to find out a few years later that the new person didn’t have all the good qualities the old person had and they realize they made a mistake?

How many times have you heard people leaving a job because they don’t like someone they work with only to find out after getting a new job that the perks of the old job were worth putting up with the person that annoyed them and they want their old job back?

Don’t compare your circumstances to someone else’s circumstances. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. We just have to be thankful for all the many blessings God has given to us and keep watering the grass we are standing on. I challenge you to the 365 day Thankfulness Challenge and I bet the grass you are standing on gets greener and softer and more beautiful with every day you thank God for it!! Happy watering!!