Parable of the Day: How to Understand You Are Growing Spiritually

A novice came to an elder and said:

“Abba, I spend six weeks fasting and study the Old and the New Testament daily.”

The elder replied:

“Do you treat penury as wealth?”

“No, I don’t.”

“Do you treat dishonor as praise?”

“No, I don’t.”

“Do you treat your enemies as your friends?”

“No, I don’t.”

“Then,” the wise elder said, “go back and do what you’ve got to do. You haven’t achieved anything.”

Prepared by Catalog of Good Deeds