Friday, October 17, 2014

four wives

FOUR WIVES............

 > Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives.

> He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her

 > to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.


 > He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to

 > neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave

 > him for another.


 > He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always kind,

 > considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem,

 > he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the

 > difficult times.


 > The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great

 > contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdo! m. However, he did

 > not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took

 > notice of her!!


 > One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought

 > of his luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me,

 > but when I die, I'll be all alone."


 > Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed you

 > with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that

 > I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!", replied

 > the 4th wife, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut

 > like a sharp knife right into his heart.


 > The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you all my life.

 > Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!",

 > replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to

 > remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold.


 > He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and

 > you've always bee! n there for me. When I die, will you follow me and

 > keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this t ime!",

 > replied the 2nd wife. " At the very most, I can only walk with you to

 > your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the

 > King was devastated.


 > Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter

 > where you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She

 > was very skinny and frail and not pretty at all, as a matter of fact

 > she looked very homely from neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said,

 > "I should have taken

 > much better care of you when I had the chance!"



 > In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives:


 > Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we ! lavish

 > in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.


 > Our 3rd wife is our possessions, statu! s and wealth. When we die, it

 > will all go to others.


 > Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have

 > been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the

 > grave.


 > And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth,

 > power and pleasures of the world. Ho wever, our Soul is the only thing

 > that will follow us wherever we go.


 > Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of

 > us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us

 > throughout Eternity.

 > Thought for the day:


 > Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the

 > perfect position to pray.

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