The Monk & The Minister – Parable for Life


I’m not sure where this parable originates from, but I have seen it a few places online

Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways. One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king. Years later they meet. As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabbily dressed monk.

Seeking to help, he says: “You know, if you could learn to cater to the King you wouldn’t have to live on rice and beans.”

To which the monk replies: “If you could learn to live on rice and beans you wouldn’t have to cater to the King.”

What would be your choice?  Which side of the parable do you live on?

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