The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a coach who had many roles that needed to be filled. He called his players together and explained to them that each would get ice time according to his abilities. In the first period he would give one eight minutes, another four, and still another only two.
And so it was that the player who was given eight minutes earned eight more, and the one who was given four immediately went to work and earned four more. But the player who was given just two minutes was overwhelmed even with that.
During the intermission the coach called on each player to account for how he had used his time. The player to whom he had entrusted eight minutes came forward and said, "Coach, I've thoroughly outchanced the opposition both at even strength and on the power play and I scored a goal to give our team the lead!"
The coach was full of praise: "Well done, my good and faithful servant! Because you have been faithful in handling this small amount, I will make sure to give you even more ice time as the game goes on! I will let you start in the offensive zone, and I will use you on the power play!"
Next, the player to whom he had entrusted four minutes came forward and said, "Coach, I've held my own despite starting almost every shift in the defensive zone. I've killed penalties without allowing too many chances, and the opposition hasn't been able to score."
The coach was again full of praise: "Well done, my good and faithful servant! Because you have been faithful in handling this small amount, I will make rue to give you even more ice time as the game goes on! I will get you to start in the defensive zone, and use you to kill penalties. It is a hard task, but I know you will do well!"
Finally, the player to whom he had entrusted just two minutes came forward and said, "Coach, I have tried my best not to upset you. I made sure to ram into things frequently, and I didn't fall down too much. I even tried to start a fight, and although I took a penalty, I know that it was easy to kill because of its aggressive nature."
But the coach replied, "You bumbling fool! Not only did you not come close to scoring, but you made life difficult on everyone else by taking that foolish penalty! If you had at least played by the rules, we wouldn't have been at so great a disadvantage! I will take your ice time away and give it to the player who had eight minutes. For whoever has much will be given more, and whoever has little will lose what little they have. Before the next game, I'll ask that this useless oaf be sent to the minors where the weeping and gnashing of teeth never stops."