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“Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?”

– Matthew 20:14,15

“The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” reminded us yesterday that when the day’s work was done, the Lord wanted to bless each person generously! Jesus asked those who had worked all day and received the same payment as the one who had worked one hour: “Are you envious because I am generous?”  

That’s a prayer we can all pray! As you look in the mirror ask: Lord am I envious because you are generous to the people around me? You can trust if the Lord is generous to your neighbor, you know blessings will come your way as well! For those workers who seemed as if they got the raw end of the deal, think about how that day progressed because of their thinking.  It started as a windfall and a blessing, but ended in grumbling! What if they embraced the positive side of the day: That they made an impact and improved their craft instead of wasting away their time. It leads to a better life when you have that attitude!

Friend, the goal of envy and comparison is to destroy every victory. What is the best solution you can focus on?  Here’s something you can compare your life to: Who were you before? Maybe you don’t think you’re any better than you were five years ago. But the good news is that we serve a God who is fond of new beginnings. Here’s my advice to you: Write down who you want to become and spend as much time as you need working towards becoming that person.

Prayer


Father, I ask you to help me become aware of any envious tendencies.

Reflection


Who do you want to become? Have you written it down?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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