Lifestyle Columnist, Amanda Alexander

Winter, spring, summer or autumn although these seasons are related to the weather they can also be symbolic of where we are currently living in our day to day lives. Many times as we go through the dreary cold winter (where nothing appears to be happening) or the drought summer of life (where we’re trying everything but nothing is working) and look at the lush green gardens of spring or the bountiful harvests of autumn and question why aren’t we living in the abundance of those blessings, we compare our current scenario with others which is very dangerous and not the right thing to do. In effect many of us take the attitude of and say ‘The grass is greener on the other side, I need to bail out of this and jump over there where I’ll be happier’.

The grass is greener perception has shipwrecked many lives, and I’m here to tell you the grass only appears greener if you’re viewing it while going through a patch in your life where circumstances are not changing for the better.

I’m here to encourage you not to make permanent decisions on temporary adverse situations. For instance if you’re studying, applying for numerous jobs, learning a new language, changing career or being involved in ministry, many times the tendency to quit is around the corner, why because learning or doing anything new takes time, focus and diligence. During that stage we’re living in the inbetween stages of having started the journey but not yet arriving at our destination, which can be very difficult to say the least, especially when you see others achieve those same desires in a shorter space of time.

How often have we seen people in positions and said within ourselves ‘I can do that’. We want the glory but don’t want to hear the story of the hard work and dedication that the individual put in to inherit the blessing they’re now living in, (their green grass). Pursue your own green grass, develop the backbone to endure and achieve your dream, don’t allow delay or comparison overwhelm you to the point of quitting, get rid of that wishbone mentality, the grass is not greener on the other side.

If you lack wisdom and don’t know what to do, the Book of James chapter 1:5 (NIV) states “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” So if where you are today in your life is dry and nothing is changing please go to our creator who will show you exactly what to do in order that your parched land can be turned into green grass.  This will enable you to stand out and look across the horizon of your life where you can see that your grass is as green as the other side!

Until next time, remember you are beautiful and wonderfully made – With love Amanda x                  

 Amanda Alexander is a Pastor, Teacher, TV Media Journalist

Founder of Female Dignity & Amanda Alexander Productions

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