Matthew 20:1-16 tells the story of a generous vineyard owner and some frustrated workers. Why is it that the first workers grumble at the owner’s generosity toward the late-arriving workers? The first workers thought they would receive more than originally promised, not because their own performance exceeded expectations, but because they compared themselves to others.
When we compare ourselves with others, disappointment and dissatisfaction are inevitable , and we will begrudge other people’s blessing and success. These are the wages of comparison.
Keep your eyes on the Master and your hands on your own plow, and let others go their way and get their pay in peace.