Jesus offers a story of the two sons of a man. He made the same request of each of them about working in the vineyard. The first said that he would not do it, but then changed his mind and actually did it. The second agreed to do it, but then backed out of his promise. The first son is commended for doing the will of the father.

It’s that famous sober second look. The first son no doubt went away and realized that he should have pleased his father and be more gracious in his response.

The second son said, yes, yes, yes. He was certainly giving the father what he wanted to hear. But then something else took over – laziness, a better offer, fear of missing his friends.

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