LAST THREE WISHES

  Alexander was a great king.  On his way home from conquering many countries, he became ill.  At that moment, his captured territories, powerful army, sharp swords and wealth all had no meaning to him. He realized that he was dying and would not return to his homeland.  He told his officers: “I will soon leave this world.  I have three final wishes.  You need to carry out what I tell you.”  His generals, in tears, agreed.

  “My first desire is that my physicians alone must carry my coffin.
  My second desire is that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard is to be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury.”
  My third desire is that both of my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin.”

  Alexander the Great was assured that his three wishes would be carried out.  However, the people gathered around him asked to know why he had made such strange wishes.  Alexander said, “I want the world to know the three lessons I have learned.”

  “First, I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor on this earth can stop death. Death is inevitable.  Let not people take life for granted
  Secondly, I wish my wealth to be scattered on the path to the graveyard so the people will know that not a fraction of gold will come with me.  I spent all my life getting, earning riches, but cannot take anything with me.  Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.
  Thirdly, people will see my hands dangling out of the coffin and know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world.” 

  With these words, the king closed his eyes.  Soon, death conquered him and he breathed his last.  But what a lesson he has left for us.    Author Unknown

  Ecclesiastes 5:15 “NAKED A MAN COMES FROM HIS MOTHER’S WOMB, AND AS HE COMES, SO HE DEPARTS.  HE TAKES NOTHING FROM HIS LABOR THAT HE CAN CARRY IN HIS HAND.”

 This is the same truth that Jesus taught.     “What good is it  for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?   Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”    Mark 8:36-37

One Response to “LAST THREE WISHES”

  1. Max , In making our move , and other moves we both have made in our life time I can sure appreciate these words of wisdom. I have only moved 4 or 5 times. You have move more being in the ministry. We cumulate so much and end up giving so much away. And in the end, we will not take nothing with us when we live this world. All that matters is what we do for Christ. Thank you for this reminder. We are so blessed.
    Love and Prayers, Joann

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