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Looking at the Other Side
By Victoria Osteen - Feb 20, 2012
Many people today have the mentality that "the grass is greener on the other side." They look at others who appear to be more successful and think, Boy, they must be lucky. And then they look at their own circumstances and think, "If only…If only I had a better job. If only…my spouse was like so-and-so. If only…I had gone to college. If only…I had the opportunities that so-and-so had." It's easy for people to look around and think everyone else simply has it better. But I believe this kind of constant comparing will get you off course in life and keep you from God's best. If we assume that other people just happen to have it better, it gives us an excuse to live in mediocrity. The truth is that the principles of God's Word apply to every person. As believers in Jesus Christ, we all have the same opportunity to receive blessing, peace, joy and victory.

I don't personally believe the grass is greener on the other side; I believe the grass is greener where you water it. In other words, we have to tend to the things that are inside of us if we want to see our lives blossom and grow. If you want better relationships, you have to invest in the people around you. If you want a better job, you have to invest in your skill set to qualify for that promotion, and then go after it. We all have the capacity to come up higher. God has given you tremendous opportunities, and that's why you can't focus on what everyone else has. If you do, you'll miss out on what God has especially for you! It doesn't matter where you've come from; it doesn't matter where you are right now. If you'll step out and be faithful with what is in your hand today, God will bless it and multiply it and take you places that you never dreamed.

Today, instead of focusing on what you don't have, look inside at what you do have. Make the decision to cultivate the dry, fallow areas of your life. Begin to water and invest in the areas where you want to see change. As you tend to what the Lord has given you, I believe He'll pour out His blessing and favor on you, and you'll see your life flourish beyond anything you could have ever hoped or dreamed.

"He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit…" (Proverbs 27:18, NIV).
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