So lately I have been wrestling with various leadership principles. One specific concept I have been thinking about is how the grass is greener on the other side.

The more I think about this, the more I think this concept is directly from our spiritual enemy.

Look at Elimelech in Ruth 1:1-2
“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelech… And they went to Moab and lived there.”

There is an obvious famine going on in Judah, so Elimelech decides to move his family to the country of Moab. It seemingly looked better in Moab compared to Judah. Then something unforeseen occurs, in verse 3, Elimelech passes away.

What happened?

Elimelech obviously thought that the new place would be better, he obviously thought he wouldn’t have to face such drastic adversity, and he probably thought there would be more rewards in Moab. Maybe, just maybe, staying in Judah is what God wanted from him in the first place.

I believe many leaders in the 21st century are just like Elimelech. I know I have been there. I know it seems that if something seemingly more appealing presents itself, we are packed, prepped, and ready to go for a new journey. But then adversity finds us again, and we are stuck wondering what happened.

Well, the grass is NOT always greener on the other side. Whatever you are struggling with today, try not to let this concept seep into your outlook and consume your life. Do not run from adversity; just because it might actually take some difficult work does not mean we need to give up. In the long run, the struggles will be worth it and will make us a much stronger leader.


Posted on March 9, 2015 in Leadership

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