And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
– Matthew 20:11-15
Being bred and brought up in Singapore, we soak into an environment where competition brings much needed progress and betterment to the country economically speaking.
But sometimes competitiveness gets too into our heads that we become bitter over other people’s success, or favor and goodwill that is bestowed to others. “Why is she getting the promotion when both of us are doing the same job?” “Why is he getting more recognition than me?”
Are our eyes evil that we cannot accept one being good to another? Take the high road, be genuinely happy for other’s success and favor. This will do one’s heart good, win more friends and eventually attract favor and goodwill too.