God's kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in
the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on
a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work.
"Later, about nine o'clock, the manager saw some other men
hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go
to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. They
"He did the same thing at noon, and again at three o'clock.
At five o'clock he went back and found still others standing
around. He said, 'Why are you standing around all day doing nothing?'
"They said, 'Because no one hired us.'
"He told them to go to work in his vineyard.
"When the day's work was over, the owner of the vineyard
instructed his foreman, 'Call the workers in and pay them their
wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.'
"Those hired at five o'clock came up and were each given
a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed
they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them
one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager,
'These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made
them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.'
"He replied to the one speaking for the rest, 'Friend, I
haven't been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn't
we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came
last the same as you. Can't I do what I want with my own money?
Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?'
"Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first
ending up last, and the last first."
[The Message ]
This day is the anniversary of my physical birth. Happy Birthday
This story is a moment of new birth, of "the Great Reversal."
Friend, life is not unfair. So take it and go. Don't get stingy;
Wow! that's even shorter than the famous Kindergarten learning.
Is it short enough to re-member you (re-birth you) (re-verse
you)? May the world re-verberate with your generosity! :)
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