The Final Test

Take a deep breath and maintain it.

Think in regards to the individual in your life whom you hate probably the most. Maybe it’s your outdated boss who handled you terribly for years and fired you six months earlier than you retired. Maybe it’s somebody who abused you, stole from you, or cheated you out of one thing essential. It may very well be a mum or dad, a sibling, or your greatest outdated ex-friend Ray. Maybe it isn’t a selected particular person, however a sort of individual: homeless, immigrant, Republican/Democrat…

Exhale and return to your regular respiration.

Next, I would like you to think about that you’ve got simply died and you end up approaching the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Wow! They are amazingly stunning. And, similar to in all the image books, there may be St. Peter, full with flowing robes and an extended, white beard. As he sees you coming, he greets you with a smile that by some means warms your soul.

“Welcome to Heaven! We’ve been ready for you!”, he shouts with nice Spirit. “Have a seat right here, there are some things for me to do to course of your entry.”

“Let’s see…Baptism? Check. Prayers? Check. Taking care of the ‘Least of My People’? Check.

Looking very, excellent! You’re all set!”

An enormous smile comes over your face as you arise. As you stroll with St Peter in the direction of the gates, he explains that they’ve organized for a “Welcome Ambassador” to point out you round Heaven and get you settled in.

As the gates open, your face falls. Your Ambassador is none aside from the individual whom you hate probably the most.

You flip to Peter, unable to include your shock, a lot much less your disgust.

“How did THEY get in right here? I’m not going anyplace with them. Please, Peter, discover me one other.”

“I’m very sorry to listen to that,” Peter says with a frown. He checks his books. “I’m sorry, however, sadly, there isn’t any one else out there in the mean time. Would you want to attend?”

“Sure, I’ll wait,” you say defiantly. You watch with dismay as the attractive gates shut.

Just behind you, a door that you just didn’t discover earlier than opens with a clang. Looking inside, you see a really giant ready room that’s crammed with blank-faced folks all staring up on the wall. It is an actual duplicate of a DOT driver’s license ready room.

As you enter the room, an attendant who appears to be like quite a bit like Rod Serling offers you a quantity. You have a look at your ticket and it says, “19279”. You have a look at the wall the place everybody else is staring. In a glowing crimson font, it says “Now Serving: 5.” With a heavy sigh, you sit in a plain and really uncomfortable chair.

You don’t see the signal on the again of the door because it closes with one other heavy clang. In small, plain black letters, it says “Purgatory”.


There is nothing to do however ready. No one talks to anybody else. They all simply sit there. You sit for what looks like an eternity with nothing however your indignant ideas.

“I can’t BELIEVE that individual made it into Heaven in spite of everything they did to me. I hope that Peter can discover me any individual else. Mom or Dad could be nice. Or my greatest good friend that died just a few years in the past. How lengthy is that this going to final? I’m so bored.”

After a endlessly of ready, your quantity is lastly up.

St. Peter smiles once more as you strategy his Dais. “Welcome again!” he says together with his booming voice. “How was your wait?”

“Terrible!” you reply. “Can’t you get some higher chairs, or at the very least give me a cellphone that has TikTook on it?”

“TikTook?” Peter says with a visual shudder. “Sorry, that’s not allowed up right here. Anyway, let’s see who is accessible.”

As the gates start to open, you shut your eyes and say a silent prayer, “Please let it’s Mom, please let it’s Dad…..”

Opening your eyes, it’s important to blink twice. To your horror, it’s the similar individual as the primary time.

Peter sees your face. His bushy white eyebrows arch excessive above the glasses on the finish of his nostril. “Still no good?”

“No manner,” you reply.

So again you go into the ready room. Your quantity this time is 1,279,682.

“What?!” you cry.

“Oh, sorry. There was a giant conflict and we obtained slammed,” the attendant explains.

You return to your seat and wait. How lengthy, you haven’t any thought. There isn’t any sense of time.

Over the course of one other eternity, one thing unusual occurs. You really feel your ideas slowly change. “Maybe I don’t perceive how God decides who will get into Heaven. Maybe that individual by some means modified after what they did to me. I assume they could have had their very own issues on the time that I by no means knew about. Maybe they aren’t so unhealthy. I assume they aren’t that completely different from me.”

Finally, your quantity is up once more. Peter smiles as you strategy.

“How was your wait?”

“I’m prepared now Peter,” you say.

“Excellent! Congratulations on passing your ultimate take a look at. We don’t enable any hate or resentment right here.”

As the gate begins to open, you bow your head, making ready your self to be greeted by your previously-most-hated individual.

“Welcome!” says your ambassador.

You raise your head with shock.

“Mom!” you cry.



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