The grass is always green on the other side.
Or for my German speaking friends, I guess it is a bit different when its your neighbors cherries, but you get the idea.
Die Kirschen in Nachbars Garten schmecken immer besser.
The cherries in the neighbor’s garden always taste better.
And so the sayings go.
But why is it I often times find myself believing in this idea? I spend time and energy looking at what my neighbor has, dreaming about the possibilities and thinking surely it is greener and surely tastes better over there. I am sure some are you might be reading this having watched the Jolly German and I unfold our new life on social media and think even the same about us.
They live in a beautiful place.
They can travel throughout Europe so easily.
It must be amazing to live there.
All of things are true statements, but the problems comes in the absolute of ‘always’. It isn’t always greener.
It isn’t always beautiful….Zurich is quite a rainy place to live.
It aren’t always able to travel throughout Europe….most of the time we go to German it is for something as mundane as grocery shopping and only because we save significant money.
It isn’t always amazing to live here…like when I realize there is still about 10% of the conversations I miss because of German as a second language and a difficult one at that.
Social media gives us a highlight of each others lives and allows us to paint a picture that is so far from reality. We post what we want others to see and we don’t see the 18 pictures it took to get that perfect Instagram shot most times.
Most recently I realized how it must look to God when we want the greener grass. It was in something as simple as an iPhone App. It allows you to swap faces with another in the same picture and gives you a good laugh as you see yourself morph into someone else. But the reality is that this new mix doesn’t fit you so well. The swap doesn’t really look good at all when you are done. Some of my favorite words those of you on Social Media used to describe it when the Jolly German and I had some fun with it: disturbing, creepy and gives the heebe geebes.
So this swap doesn’t turn out so well.
The grass isn’t always greener.
The cherries aren’t always sweeter.
And God’s plan for you is not the plan He has rolled out for someone else. Embrace what He has for you.
Water your grass in your own front yard.
Pick your cherries off your own tree.
Don’t face swap with a bearded man.