I can’t keep ANY plant alive. I honestly don’t understand it. I can keep 4 tiny humans alive, but somehow I can’t seem to keep a plant alive for longer than a week. Until my lemon grass… my mother in law read that lemon grass helps keep mosquitoes away and bought us and herself some. We kept it in the little plastic pot it comes in for a few days. I didn’t want to go out and buy new pots if this thing was just going to die anyway. So a week passed and my lemon grass was still alive! I was so proud. So we went to Home Depot and bought some bigger pots for it. We even got some “miracle grow” and put the lemon grass in the new pots. The lemon grass has been on my front porch, alive, for a few weeks now! I felt like I had really accomplished something! Then it happened… I saw my mother in laws lemon grass. Her lemon grass was so thick and full! It was growing straight up with not a single droopy piece. What on earth!? Suddenly, my lemon grass didn’t look so good and I wondered if I should just let it die and start all over. Why do we do that? How is it that I could be proud of my lemon grass for weeks and then in a split second decide it’s terrible? That’s satan’s wheelhouse guys. He loves to place things that he knows we will compare to right in front of us. That mom on Instagram who has it all together, that house on Pinterest that’s perfectly decorated, that couple on Facebook who never fight (HA!), or even something as small as lemon grass to cause a little bit of doubt. We’ve got to have the tools to fight back. The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:4 NIV that “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,” And yet, in our flesh, we can’t help but compare. When you find yourself comparing to what others have, do, say, or look like ask God to guard your mind. Pray for God to help you focus on what you do have. Remembering that the person you’re comparing yourself to has compared themselves to others also. When our focus is on what others have, it can’t be focused on what we have. Contentment and envy can’t live together.
Last night my mother in law came over and I was telling her I might blog about our lemon grass when she said “Your lemon grass is still green! Mine is brown now” and I couldn’t help but chuckle. Capture the temptation to compare today! Take pride in yourself. Push Satan and his joy stealing aside in Jesus name! And remember….
The (lemon) grass isn’t always greener on the other side. 😉