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This Is Your Reminder!

At times, we may find ourselves looking at others' lives with a sense of longing. Their world seems infused with brighter colors, a lighter load, and even vitality. Yet, this perception is often a mere mirage, distracting us from cherishing and cultivating the richness of our own lives.

So, this is your reminder to move away from looking at other people’s lives, families, jobs, and friendships when there is so much to be thankful for and build on in your backyard. Having a wishful thinking moment while taking more than it provides. Wishful thinking leads to betrayal of the self. However, and make no mistake, you can grow according to God's will, and there is no need for you to copy or measure up to what your neighbor is doing.

C.S. Lewis, the renowned author, prompts us to move beyond the superficial and refocus on our journey when he says, "Aim at Heaven, and you will get Earth 'thrown in': aim at Earth, and you will get neither." These words echo a profound call to authenticity—to embrace our unique essence rather than covet another's journey; after all, we cannot be sure where the green comes from.

The Bible reinforces this concept through The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23). It illustrates how the heart's receptivity to God's word varies, like soil fertility. In this lesson, there are four types of soils:

1. The Path (easy to walk, the get rich and famous fast, only to fall pray to others)

2. The Rocky Places (those who show results with short-lived enthusiasm but lack depth and quickly die after the first hardship or test)

3. The Thorns or Weeds (those who are partially committed but whose outcome is contaminated and leads to poisonous relationships and goals)

4. Then, the good soil which produces the right fruits according to the will of God.

This parable guides us to seek not the temporary charm of seemingly lusher fields but to cultivate a robust, deep-rooted faith. And you will never get to the right field if you keep looking to the field of your neighbor.

J.R.R. Tolkien wisely observed, "All that is gold does not glitter," reminding us that worth is not always where it appears. The most precious treasures are often hidden, awaiting discovery in the genuine love and authenticity we foster within our lives and relationships.

In our quest for happiness and success, let's hold the truth close: what appears greener may be an artifice. By valuing our individual paths, nurturing our faith, and rejoicing in our blessings, we uncover life's true splendor—beyond the facade.

May we walk enlightened by this knowledge, finding solace in our own garden's beauty and experiencing the tranquility that comes from the genuine and the true.

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