The Danger of Assuming

A landowner hired workers at different times of the day and then paid them all the same. Even the first ones hired received the same as the last ones hired, “And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius” (Matthew 20:9-10).
Why did the first workers assume they would be paid more? They saw the last workers who worked less and received the same wage promised to the first workers. So, the first workers assumed they would get a raise.
What created their assumption and eventual complaint? They compared their wage with someone else’s wage. If the last workers had received much less, then the first workers would not have assumed a raise. They would have been content with what they received. However, they made an agreement with the landowner and that should have settled the matter.
See what happens when we assume things we should not and what happens when we compare our lives with the lives of others?

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