Blog on 3: It’s Not That Easy Being Green

Surely, you’ve heard the song. I think I remember Lena Horne (on Sesame Street, I think) singing that song. Ray Charles’ version is the best, to me, as he sways back and forth so easily at the piano.

But the original was written for Kermit. Yes THE Kermit (the Frog) who I can still envision singing it on his stump.

He laments something we all struggle with at some point. It’s not that easy being __________. Fill that in with your name or at least the part of you that fits into the blank.

In fact, Kermit admits to what we all do too often in the first few lines. He’s looked at the color red and yellow and decided that’s much more appealing to being green.

How familiar of a feeling is that? I’m sure you’ve never asked yourself any of these questions.

His job looks easier.

Her kids look more well-behaved.

That family probably never argues.

I bet she’s the perfect wife.

That guy provides for his family better than I do for mine.

God didn’t create us to compare ourselves to one another. Instead of hoping for the comfort, financial peace, or whatever it is about that person you’ve been looking at, they are probably wishing for the peace, faith, or something else they see in you.

God has had to remind me lately that He has created me for a specific purpose and with a specific timestamp on it. While my simple mind tells me that something else looks better or easier. Being who God created in a time He created me for is a pretty honorable calling as well.

Esther was in the middle of a crisis. King Ahasuerus was prepared to destroy all Jews in the land. Stepping out in front of the King meant not only risking her royal position, but maybe even her life. I’m not sure she sang along with Kermit, but I bet Esther may have though how much easier someone else’s life would be at that moment. But, Mordecai reminded her of the consequences of not being who God created her to be, even to his famous line telling her, “perhaps you have been put in your position for a time such as this.” (Esther 4:14)

By the end of the song, Kermit remembers the great things about being green. Points out the positives instead of looking at what he doesn’t have.

And, if you mesh that with Mordecai’s reminder to Esther about purpose. It’s a reminder to be honored that God thought enough of me to give me what He has.

Because, let’s face it. No one has it that easy, after all.

For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

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