Thursday, May 2, 2013

It's Not Easy Being Green {Five-Minute Friday}

Five Minute FridayToday I am joining my friends and Lisa-Jo again for Five Minute Friday. If you’re new here (welcome!) the rules are simple: Write, don’t edit, link your post to her page, and then share the encouragement like wildfire. You can do that, I know you can.

The prompt this week is: Brave

When I was younger, much younger, there was an album (yes I am that old) that I loved for my mom to play.    It had songs like:

Doing the Pegion by Bert and Ernie
I got 2 eyes by Cookie Monster
1-2-3-4 by The Count

But my very favorite was It's Not Easy Being Green by Kermit the Frog.  I think back then I just liked Kermit.  However, when I became a mother and decide to pull out the old album to play for my own little ones just for old times sake.  I begin to really hear the lyrics that my little green friend sang.  I loved the lesson that he was teaching.  Yes it isn't easy being green, looking different or being different in anyway. Kermit first acknowledged that yes things are not easy when you are different but there are are blessings in the differences.  He carries on about how those difference can be seen as and advantage.  By the end of the song Kermie has even decide that he is pretty proud to be green and different.

We all have our own version of being green.  You know the thing that makes is different? That thing that we think makes us stand out, and not in a good way?  What if we looked at ourselves and others with God's eyes.  If we just saw ourselves has He does.  What if we were brave and learned to be the best us He has called us to be?

So my friend be green and proud of it today.


  1. :) So true. I've always thought that we need to learn to love ourselves the way God loves us -- unconditionally :) Embrace our greenness :) Happy FMF to you!

  2. YAY for being "green"! I love this analogy and totally rock for reminding all of us to bravely be ourselves. YES!! Thank you.

  3. LOVE this Amy! Love Kermit's lesson, and the way you heard his song with new ears years later. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    1. Also, I love the colors of your header and the title/theme of your blog!

  4. I love the direction you took the word! And I love Kermit :)

  5. There are blessings in being different...and it does take bravery to embrace those differences. I love how you took this word and made me consider it on a different level. Awesome post, friend...wishing you a beautiful weekend! (I hope you are somewhere that's not getting snow right now! Thankfully we're only getting rain...I can handle that.) ;) Blessings!

  6. Oh that is really sweet. And that is something I have been pondering. Battling the self-loathing that has crept in from childhood. Aw, love Kermit!

  7. Yep ... lots of life lessons from those fuzzy little guys, Amy!

    You're making me smile this morning!


  8. I LOVE this... and I remember loving this song as a kid as well! Thanks for the flashback - how fun! (and how true!)

  9. i loved watching the muppets and kermit was my favorite (tho' animal was a close second! ;-)

    i'm sad that my kids all say the muppets are scary and so they don't want to watch them.

  10. This really touched me, Amy! I love when we can hear an old song with fresh ears and allow it to move us as you did...and have done for us. "It's not easy being green" is playing in the background as I type this...letting in God's Truth through Kermit's sweet message!

    The Thinking Closet

  11. Hi Amy,
    What fond memories you bring up with Kermit..I love revisiting childhood songs and books as an adult and gleaning a deeper glad I found your blog...Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. I loved this! It's ironic because I too love this song and saw the inspiration in it several years ago. I made myself a mix cd with this very song on it :). Who doesn't love Kermit the frog?! He is the best. Such encouraging words this week. We should be green and be proud. At times it is so hard for us to embrace all of who we are-even the parts we think stand out in a bad way (as you stated here). I suppose there is no bad. Only different "colors" as we are all unique. I will be green along with you today :)

  13. I've always loved that song too, for the very same reason, and what a great message for my kids to hear too. The other one that I always get emotional about when it comes on our Pandora station is "Sing," which Big Bird traditionally sings. "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone to hear, just sing, sing a song."