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Where the Grass is Greener

Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasures in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.  Luke: 18:22-23 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Traveling down the rural road to my subdivision, I passed a cow pasture sectioned with a barbed wire fence.

Seeing a cow stretching their head through the fence to eat the grass on the other side is common. I chuckle and wonder, Is the grass really greener on the other side? Recently, a calf got through the fence in the quest for something greener, only to realize he wanted back in the pasture. He stood, looking back to where he came from, longing to rejoin the herd.

Luke tells of a man who wanted to follow Jesus. He knew Jesus could provide eternal life and wanted to know how to have it. He had kept many of the commandments, yet Jesus knew something kept the man from giving his heart fully to Him. Jesus tried to tell the man of a place where the grass was greener. It wasn’t found by accumulating material things or by being successful.

As humans, we often yearn for something better or bigger. The material quest entices us to want the newer car, larger house, or higher status. There have been times when I thought true happiness would occur if I could achieve a certain goal, obtain a desired possession, or experience an anticipated event. But when I reached the goal or got the possession, I didn’t have the satisfaction I had hoped for.

Jesus can supply all our needs. Our worth is not measured by what we have or how hard we work. Jesus sees past what many deem valuable and looks straight into our hearts. He knows if we are yearning for the things of heaven or the attractions of the world.

Let the pastures of contentment fill your heart, knowing God will provide everything you need.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Cynthia Townsend

Cynthia Townsend is a retired RN and seminary graduate who seeks out beautiful moments through travel, photography, and writing. She is a member of Word Weaver's, Int., North America Nature Photography Association, and can be followed at www.cynthiatownsend.com


  1. Beautiful!!! Just beautiful!!