Is Grass Really Greener Elsewhere?

Jane Douglass White

READ : Philippians 4:11-13

Often we are dissatisfied with our present situation. A teenager wants to get out from under parental authority. A worker doesn’t like the present job. A marriage partner thinks someone outside of the marriage is more stimulating than the spouse. The grass on the other side of the fence looks greener.

Paul is writing from prison, yet he says, “I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances” (v. 11b). And more, Paul as a prisoner was able to tell high Roman officers about Jesus.

We may not like our present circumstances. We may question why God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers for us to be elsewhere. If we really trust God, we shall do our very best wherever we are. He will help us to be content and may show us his reasons to praise him for current perplexing circumstances.

Dick, a friend of mine in middle management of a large corporation, saw younger men promoted around him. He was devastated. One weekend he re-committed his life to Christ. The Lord changed his heart. He was not only content in his work but was able to live his life so that others at work came to know Christ through him.


Lord, help me to wait upon you with patience, knowing “the grass is always greener” where you are. Amen.