“And he went out the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; and to those he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went” (Matthew 20:3-4).

As the story continues, those who were once without employment — “standing idle in the market place” — would eventually come to complain against the employer for what they perceived as unfair pay practices. They failed to remember what it was like to be without a job. How much more meaningful becomes our place of vocational expression when undergirded by a mind-set of gratitude instead of grumbling.

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