This is something to deeply think about:
Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives.
He loved the 4th wife the most and adored 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 & 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 kingdom. However, he still did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!
One day, the King took 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 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 my 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 loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying,will you follow me and keep my company?”
“No!”, replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to remarry!” His heart sank further & turned cold.
He then called his 2nd wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep my company?”
“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!”, 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 as she suffered from malnutrition & 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 these 4 wives in our lives competing for attention:
1. 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.
2. Our 3rd wife is our wealth, our status, possessions, etc. When we die, they’ll all go to others.
3. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they’ve been there for us, the farthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
4. And our 1st wife is our Soul; Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us where ever we go. So please Love her, Cultivate her, Nourish her, Strengthen her and Cherish her now, for that’s the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout ETERNITY.