The Other Side

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”                                                                                                                                                                                           -Exodus 20:17

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” At least, that’s what the saying claims. In Arkansas County, however, the saying could be phrased “The road is always smoother on the other side of the yellow line.”

What does that mean? Ride with a local down Pleasant Hill road, or the St. Charles Highway, and you’ll figure it out real quick. Hardly anyone here seems to drive on the right side of the road. They drive on the other side to avoid bumps going east, then do the opposite returning west. Ask someone about it and you’ll likely hear a response like “I figure I pay taxes on both sides of the road, so I can drive wherever I want!”

There’s just something about the other side that’s tempting. It isn’t ours. We might not really need it. In fact, we are likely just fine with whatever we have. But whatever it is, we want it!

Land. A four-wheeler. A new boat. A bigger house. A new swing set for the kids. An in-ground pool. A new bow (compound that is, not a hair bow).

God knew that covetousness would always be an issue for all people, that’s why He said simply “You shall not covet.”

Don’t covet your neighbors wife, servants, belongings, or anything. Be happy with what and whom you have been given. Be a good steward, a loving husband, and graceful wife. Be faithful.

Are you grateful for all which God has given you, or are you obsessed with the other side?

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