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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: Plentiful Harvest
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02/03/05


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There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the Vineyard.”
“I will not.” He answered. But later changed his mind and went.Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.
He said, “I will; Sir.” But did not go.

The question is asked, which of the sons obeyed his father?

My question is why was the father giving the command in the first place? Go work in the Vineyard today. Those words indicate there was work to be done. The first son responded by impulse and said no. What made him change his mind? The second son also responded by impulse. His answer was given to comfort or quiet his father. He computed what was being asked, knew there was work to be done, and wickedly connived to dodge that work. He said, yes I will go with his mouth. But in his heart he was saying not today Pappa, got other things to do.

The first son knew instantly there was a lot of work needing to be done. He instantly weighed up his part and said no, I don’t feel like doing that today. But, it seems on further reflection he realized the enormity of the final outcome of his response: A ruined vineyard, a lost harvest, shame for his father and a lost inheritance. He came to the realization that he could not sit idly by and watch the vineyard with its abundant harvest rot and die. His father had worked very hard and tended the vineyard with love and care. How could he allow that vineyard to rot? He couldn’t, so after saying no he went and did the work his father asked him to do.

Both sons will inherit the vineyard when the father passes on. But who will be the one to tend it lovingly and with great care? Both will enjoy the fruit of the vine but which will know the true cost?

The harvest is plentiful, the workers few.

Writer's note: I tried to put this into the beginners level but it kept going to advance on the choice box. So, I'm letting it go in advanced.


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Phyllis Inniss 02/08/05
I can see why your article kept coming to the Advanced section. You have made the story come alive. The workers are few, but if we press on the harvest will increase. Good article.
John Hunt02/14/05
Important insight and lesson.
Nicely done!