Posted by Jim_Daly Sep 20, 2012
Sometimes we might do what’s right — but for the wrong (usually selfish) reason.
I’m reminded of the story of the philosopher Diogenes.
He was once seen sitting on a curb eating lentils and bread, a meager meal by any standard. A fellow philosopher, Aristippus, a man who lived well because he flattered the king, approached him and mocked his circumstance.
“If you would learn to be subservient to the king,” he snarled, “you would not have to live on lentils.”
Diogenes looked up with a smile, tilted his head, and replied, “Learn to live on lentils, and you will not have to cultivate the king.”
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Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and host of its National Radio Hall of Fame-honored daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. He is husband to Jean and father to Trent and Troy.
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