“So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew 20: 1-16)
Here is a picture of “Extravagant Generosity.” The land owner was a wealthy person with a generous heart. He used his resources to offer opportunity and aid to others.
His lavish blessing to those who had worked only one hour became a source of inspiration to some and contempt to others. Some saw it as injustice; others as noble and kind.
Some worked for a specific amount; others simply trusted the land owner to be fair. No doubt that land owner had developed such a reputation for fairness and generosity. Those eager to work despite the lateness of the hour went into the vineyard with only one hour left in the day. They worked earnestly as if it was a new beginning. They were rewarded for their generosity in going.
Both those who worked from sunrise to sunset and those who worked less were equally blessed by the land owner.
This is a parable of the Kingdom of God and His Christ. When we enter does not determine our blessing, because in God’s Kingdom we are all equally blessed!
So, beloved it’s not too late for you to enter God’s Kingdom. Why not accept Jesus Christ today and become His disciple? Ask Jesus to receive you, surrender to His Word and accept His lifestyle. Your life will never be the same again!
“Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
How bad do you want it? How much are willing to do to get it? Your destiny is before you but the level at which you exist in it is determined by your effort.
Hard work and self-discipline are keys to your elevation. Sowing refers to what you do, what you bring to the table. Billy Preston said it best, “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. ”
God has a destiny for each person; however, without your participation that destiny will be dwarfed. In order for God to multiply your blessing, you must first engage, employ your heart, soul, and body to its fulfillment.
“It’s always too early to quit.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Woke up this morning with quitting on my mind. Reached for my Samsung Galaxy S4 to do my social media postings and ran across this quote. Talk about adrenaline rush; I lay there thinking about what Norman Peale meant and concluded a person has to keep pressing on despite those days when it seems useless to keep at it. Success, wealth, fame, or name recognition are things that come through a person being excellent. However, what Peale was telling me was that those persons had to go through days where the possibilities seemed hopeless. Peale was referring to persistence and perserverance role’s in dream fulfillment.
Dale Carnegie tells the story of a man who bought a gold mine; found some gold and convinced relatives and friends to invest in the gold mine. He drilled and drilled but hit a fault line that made it appear they had obtained all the resources that mine had to offer. He sold his equipment, the mine and everything associated with it to a poor, common man whose only attribute was vision and common sense. That common man immediately hired an expert in mining who explained what fault lines were and calculated where the man should begin to dig. And you guessed it; 3 feet down from where the other man had quit, this man hit a gusher. Millions more dollars in gold came from that gold mine.
When you hit a blockage and you don’t know why; ask someone for help who knows what to do. Always be teachable and invite others to help you with your dream. Don’t give up on your dreams, your goals because you think it won’t work. My father used to tell me, “Son, It only costs a nickel more to go first class.” So, when you wake up with that quitting feeling, “do it one more day, enlist help, and keep doing it one day at a time until it clicks, until you reach your destination.
It’s your time to soar because you deserve the life you dream!
But don’t you just love it anyway. Hope is an outstretched neck poised with anticipation of what will happen. You know something wonderful, something adventurous, something new is coming. It is not frivolous; it’s based on a plan that you’ve implemented and you’re working diligently to see come to fruition. You hope inwardly, silently, and then with outward jubilation because you just know.
Hope is powerful indeed; it chases depression, attacks despair, and exterminates doubt. What are you hoping for based on what you’re working toward? Promises have been made, collaborations have been formed, all that remains is accomplishment of the dream.
Emily Dickinson said, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” I’m singing because I just believe something good is about to happen! Can’t you sense something on the horizon? Sing a new song; it’s 2014 – hope, believe, dream, let it capture your soul!
The rainbow shouts, “It’s not over yet! Sunshine is coming!” So perk up, dance, and sing. You’ve got another chance. Barbara Kingsolver said, “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” I totally agree; live in hope based on faith that your work will reap a great harvest. Dare to Hope in 2014!