The Long Tomorrow
The Long Tomorrow
Meditation on our future home
An 85-year-old couple died in a car crash after having been married almost 60 years. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to the wife's interest in health food. When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they marveled at it all, the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," Peter replied, "this is heaven." Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that backed up to the home. They would have golfing privileges everyday, and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, "What are the green fees?" Peter replied, "This is heaven, you play for free." Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much to eat?" asked the old man. "Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied with some exasperation. "Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly. Peter lectured, "That's the best part! You can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is heaven."
With that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat, stomping on it, and screaming wildly. Peter and the man's wife both tried to calm him down, asking him what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your blasted bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"
Have you ever noticed how most of us spend most of our lives trying to stay in this life? Yet if we knew how marvelous heaven ...
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David Daniels is pastor of Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and co-founder and executive board member of Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ), a national Christian fraternity.