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My MIL emailed this to me last night, and I thought it was worth sharing. I’m sorry; I don’t have a source or author.
Once upon a time there was this guy who had four girlfriends.
He loved the 4th girlfriend the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the very best.
He also loved the 3rd girlfriend 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 girlfriend. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with him Whenever this guy faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.
The guy’s 1st girlfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first girlfriend. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her!
One day, the guy fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, I now have four girlfriends with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.”
Thus, he asked the 4th girlfriend, “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 me company?”
“No way!” replied the 4th girlfriend, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad guy then asked the 3rd girlfriend, “I loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“No!” replied the 3rd girlfriend. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to marry someone else!” His heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd girlfriend, “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 girlfriend. “At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.” Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the guy was
Then a voice called out: “I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.”
The guy looked up, and there was his first girlfriend. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the guy said, “I should have taken much better care of
you when I had the chance!”
In truth, you have 4 girlfriend’s in your lives:
Your 4th girlfriend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.
Your 3rd girlfriend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it will all go to others.
Your 2nd girlfriend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.
And your 1st girlfriend is your soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, your soul is the only thing that will follow you where everyou go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.
Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray. Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It means you’ve decided
to see beyond the imperfections made.