A Parable on Life

By: Dn Ng Zhiwen

He saw people love each other. And he saw that all love made strenuous demands on the lovers. He saw love require sacrifice and self-denial. He saw love produce arguments and anguish, and he decided that it cost too much. So he decided not to diminish his life with love.

He saw people strive for distant and hazy goals. He saw men strive for success – women strive for high ideals. And he saw that the striving was frequently mixed with disappointment. He saw the strong men fail. He saw it force people into pettiness. He saw that those who succeeded were sometimes those who had not earned the success. And he decided that it cost too much. He decided not to soil his life with striving.

He saw people serving others. He saw men give money to the poor and helpless. And he saw that the more they served, the faster the need grew. He saw ungrateful receivers turn against their serving friends. He decided not to soil his life with serving.

And when he died, he walked up to God and presented his life to Him. Undiminished, unmarred, and unsoiled, his life was clean from the filth of the world, and he presented it proudly saying, “This is my life.”

And the great God said, “What life?”

~ Author Unknown

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