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 kingdom. 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

“No way!”, replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without
another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his

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 lightning, and the King was

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 as she suffered from
malnutrition and neglect.  Greatly grieved, the King said “I
should have taken much better care of you when I had the

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 will 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 world.

However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us
wherever we go.

So cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only
part of us who will follow us to the throne of God and continue
with us throughout Eternity.

When the world pushes you to your knees……you’ re in the
perfect position to pray.


One Response to GREAT READ!

  1. ton2 says:

    very nice story”

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