The King's Four Wives

Once upon a time...there was a rich King who had 4 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 confidante and was always kind, considerate and 
patient with him. Whenever the  King faced a problem, he could 
confide in her to 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 
did not love the first wife and 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 
pondered, "I now have 4 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 been 
there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" 
"I'm sorry, I can't help you out  this time!" replied the 2nd 
wife.  "At the very most, I can only  send you to your grave." Her 
answer came like a bolt of thunder and the King was devastated. 
Then a voice called out: "I'll  leave with you and follow you no 
matter where you go." 

The King looked up and there was his first 
wife. She was so skinny, she suffered from malnutrition.  Greatly 
grieved, the King said, "I  should have taken much better care of 
you when I had the chance!" 

In Truth, we all have 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'll leave us when we 
die. Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status 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 ego. However, our Soul  is the only thing that 
will follow us wherever we go. So cultivate, strengthen and 
cherish it now!  It is your greatest gift to offer the world. Let 
it Shine! Be a light for Jesus in someone's life today! 

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