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Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings
Thanksgiving Is Much Better than Grumbling

Grumbling is murmuring or muttering in discontent. (Numbers 14, 1 Cor. 10)
How do you spot a grumbler and what is the cure?
1) You might be a grumbler if you are never satisfied with what you have.
2) You might be a grumbler if you always have a complaint or an excuse.
3) You might be a grumbler if you believe that you could never succeed.

Parable of the hired workers.
1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the
morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 2And when he had agreed with the labourers for a
penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3And he went out about the third hour, and saw
others standing idle in the marketplace, 4And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and
whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 5Again he went out about the sixth
and ninth hour, and did likewise. 6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others
standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 7They say unto him,
Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever
is right, [that] shall ye receive.

8So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and
give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9And when they came that [were
hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10But when the first came, they
supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11And when they had received [it], they murmured against the good man of the house, 12Saying,
These last have wrought [but] one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have
borne the burden and heat of the day. 13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee
no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14Take [that] thine [is], and go thy way: I
will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?
Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be
called, but few chosen.
Matthew 20: 1-16

Grumbling is a symptom of a deeper issue — the grumbler is mad at God.
Jesus is interested in why you do what you do.

The path to a thankful heart:
1) Take time to thank God for the blessings of your day.
Thank God for the blessings of yesterday before starting your grumbling today.
2) Don’t judge yourself by the way God treats someone else, and don’t compare yourself to others. God is not obligated to treat everyone the same way.

People think the more the produce, the bigger their reward will be. God considers you motive.
The world considers what did you do, The Lord wants to know why did you do it.
The parable teaches us the equality of faithfulness not the equality of opportunity.

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