The story is told of a couple in their mid-80’s who had been married for sixty-three years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. They were both in very good health, largely due to the wife’s insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade. One day, their good health didn’t help when they went on a rare vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven.
They reached the pearly gates and St. Peter escorted them inside. He took them to a beautiful mansion, furnished in gold and fine silks, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when he said, “Welcome to Heaven – This will be your home now.”
The old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. “Why, nothing,” Peter replied, “Remember, this is your reward in Heaven.” The old man looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any built on Earth. “What are the greens fees?” grumbled the old man. “This is Heaven,” St. Peter replied. “You can play for free, every day.” Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch, with every imaginable cuisine laid out before them, from seafood to steaks to exotic desserts, free flowing beverages. “Don’t even ask,” said St. Peter to the man. “This is Heaven, it is all free for you to enjoy.”
The old man looked around and glanced nervously at his wife. “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods and the decaffeinated tea?” he asked. “That’s the best part,” St. Peter replied, “You can eat and drink as much as you like of whatever you like and you will never get fat or sick. This is Heaven!”
The old man pushed, “No gym to work out at?” “Not unless you want to,” was the answer.
“No testing my sugar or blood pressure or….” “Never again. All you do here is enjoy yourself.” The old man looked over at his wife and said, “All those years eating those darn Bran Flakes. We could have been here ten years ago!”
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:21
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
What is your favorite food?
What have you done well lately?
What does it mean to be trustworthy?
Prayer: Holy God, I sense your joy in my life and give thanks. Keep me trustworthy to those moments that I experience, to the people who flow into my life and to the things you call me to accomplish. Amen.
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