“It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green.” – Kermit the Frog
It’s not that easy bein’ green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.
One of my favorite childhood characters sings this song about being ordinary, not flashy, but being happy with who you are. Being content with the way you were made. How many times have you wished that you could be taller, shorter, better at sports, better at love. It’s easy to compare yourself with others around you and find yourself “green with envy” instead.
Journalist and humorist, Harold Coffin said, “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” Practice counting the blessing that God has given you and learn to be content as Paul (Philippians 4:11-13). Remember, God has given you everything, and he won’t disappoint (Psalm 23:1). Don’t be fooled by the grass-is-always-greener-on-the-other-side mentality. Seek after God and be content and you will experience great gain. (I Timothy 6:6).
As you seek to know Him more, He will show you areas to work on. He loves you. Just the way you are, but enough to not let you stay where you are. He will help you make the changes in your life and He will help you with the contentedness, too. Then you can give thanks and rejoice.
“Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.” (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
So are you green? I hope so.
“Green says we are growing…to be more like Him” – The Gospel Fuzzies