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Do You Want Heaven Now?|
Author and professor Lewis Smedes used to ask his students if they wanted to go to heaven when they died. Everyone would raise a hand. Then he'd ask, "Be honest nowwho would like to go today?"
A few would raise their hands slowly, giving what they thought was the correct answer, looking around to see if they were the only ones. They were. Most people wanted a rain check. They were ready to diejust not today.
Then Professor Smedes would ask who would like to see the world set straight once and for all tomorrow: "No more common colds, no more uncommon cancers. Hungry people would have plenty; no one would lift a finger to harm another; we would be at peace with everyone, even with ourselves. Anybody interested in that?"
There would be a frenzy of hand-lifting. Then Smedes would point out that if that new world is what you really want, then heaven's where you'd like to be.
Citation: John Ortberg, "Our Secret Fears about Heaven," Today's Christian Woman (July/Aug, 2003), pp. 39-40; submitted by Rich Tatum, Romeoville, Illinois