The Invitation Parable
A woman came out of her house and
saw 3 old men with long white beards
sitting in front of her house. She did not
recognize them. She said "I
don't think I know you, but you look hungry... Please come in and
have something to eat."
"Is the man of the house home?",
they asked. "No," she said. "He's
out." "Then we cannot come in," they replied.
In the evening when her husband
came home, she told him what had
happened. He said, "Go tell them I am home
and invite them in."
The woman went out and invited the men to come in.
"We rarely go into a house together," they replied.
One of the old men explained: My name is "Love,"
his name is "Wealth" (pointing to one man), and his
name is "Success" (pointing to the other man).
Then he added, "Now go in
and discuss with your husband which
one of us you want in your home."
The woman went in and told her
husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed.
"How wonderful," he said!... "Since that
is the case, let us invite Wealth...
Let him come in and fill our
home with wealth."
His wife disagreed... "My dear, why
don't we invite Success"?...
Their daughter was listening
from the other side of the
room... She jumped in with her
own suggestion: "Would it not be
better to invite Love?... Our home
will then be filled with love."
"Let us heed our daughters
advice," said the husband to his
wife... "Go out and invite Love to
be our guest."
The woman went out and asked
Love to please come into their house and be our guest."
Love got up and started walking
toward the house... The other 2 men also got
up and followed him.
Surprised, the lady said: "I only invited Love...
Why are Wealth and Success coming in too?"
The old men replied together: "If you
had invited Wealth or Success the
other two of us would have stayed outside...
but since you invited Love,
wherever he goes we usually go with him.
Always remember, Love first... if you want
Wealth and Success to follow!
Who have you invited into your home?
[ Author Unknown -- from Denial -- Ed: Anon. ]
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