Haven’t I the right to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?
How can we appreciate what we have when we are so interested in what others have. It is sometimes difficult to see others be blessed more than you. It is important to remember who the blessings come from and that you can’t see into other people’s lives. The clarity of the farmer’s question is brilliant. He can give to whoever he likes, as much or as little as he likes. The first workers didn’t know the arrangement made with the last workers. The story is vague on it too. The last workers simply went to work and got paid what he farmer decided. We don’t know the details of other people’s lives as intimately as our Father does. Maybe the people who have the blessings you want carry different burdens than you do. Maybe they need the outpouring that you jealously eye because they have a hardship you can’t deal with. On the other hand, maybe they look at you and see how blessed you are and wonder why you aren’t more thankful. If you don’t let your eye wander to what your neighbor has and focus on counting each blessing you have, you may find that you have an embarrassment of riches.