i came across this story a few weeks ago. it was sent to me by a friend and i figured i would share it with you. Hope you like the read.

Once upon a time there was a girl who had four boyfriends. 

She loved the fourth boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and
treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

She also loved the third boyfriend very much and was always showing him off
to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her
for another. 

She also loved her second boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always
kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem,
she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult
times. 

The girl's first boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great
contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not
love the first boyfriend Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took
notice of him!

One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of
her luxurious life and wondered, 'I now have four boyfriends with me, but
when I die, will I be all alone?' 

Thus, she asked the fourth boyfriend, '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 fourth boyfriend, and he walked away without another
word. 

His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart. 

The sad girl then asked the third boyfriend, 'I loved you all my life. Now
that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?'  'No!', replied the
third boyfriend. 'Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to marry someone
else!' Her heart sank and turned cold 

She then asked the second boyfriend, '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 second boyfriend.
'At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.'

His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.

Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where
you go.' The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend. He was very
skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect. 

Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken much better care of you
when I had the chance!'   

In truth, you have four parts of self:

Your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look
good, it will leave you when you die. 

Your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it will all go to others.

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 spirit. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures
of the world. 

However, your spirit is the only thing that will follow you where ever you
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. 

3 Comments
  1. ancientgeekcrone 11 years ago

    The story is a wonderful parable.\"\"

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  2. Quest 11 years ago

    Jc, Thank you for this excellent posting.  It's all so true.  \"\" Quest

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  3. confusedboy 11 years ago

    it made my day

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