Two men find themselves in the shackles of slavery when they each have debts that couldn’t be paid. The older seems resigned to his fate, while the younger is resentful and bitter. When the Master approaches, is the message he speaks for them? Can it be possible for the heavily laden slaves to find rest with an easy yoke?
The teaching doesn’t prevent the slaves from their trip in the hold of the ship. Bitterness, blame, and desire for revenge grows in the younger man. Forced labor doesn’t improve the attitude, but the older man is a stabilizing factor in handling the younger.
The right attitude, even under physical labor, can lighten the load, a lesson that the older man keeps trying to instill in the younger. What will it take to cast the burden of anger aside and do the right thing? The one who carries the load of anger ends up only hurting himself. You work smarter and get more done under the light burden of love and kindness.