There’s a story about a bandleader who was lining up musicians for a big gig downtown. He went out and got together this excellent jazz trio and offered them union-scale pay for an evening of great jazz. Everything went off without a hitch. They sounded fantastic. Then the bandleader decided it would be nice to have a few horn players for the last set, so he got on the phone and just happened to find that a few of his friends were available, and they agreed to come over and play. When the night was over, the bandleader handed out the paychecks, and everybody got the same amount. The horn players got the same amount as the trio who had been the original hire and had played most of the night. As you can imagine, this didn’t sit too well with the trio. They were visibly upset. They grumbled because they had borne “the burden of the work and the heat of the stage lights,” and they were paid the same amount as those who had been hired for the last set and had only put in an hour of work. Very unfair. But the bandleader said, “Didn’t I pay you what we agreed upon? I haven’t cheated you out of anything. Can’t I do what I want with my money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” – from The Heart of the Artist
This Sunday, March 4th we will continue our Worship Journey Group discussion on Chapter Six of this great book, Jealousy and Envy. If you are not in a Journey Group you are welcome to come join us following the 11 am Worship Celebration in the Atrium. Our lunch this month will be Deli style. Bring sandwich, soup, salad, or fruit to share for lunch. Call me if you have any questions.