Some time ago I heard an amusing story that should make all of us reflect on what our priorities are here on this earth. The story goes that a millionaire Christian was asleep when an angel comes to him and wakes him up. “It’s time for you to go to heaven”, says the angel. “Oh, I’m not ready. But if I must go, what can I bring with me?”, asks the millionaire. “Nothing, just yourself”, replies the angel. But the millionaire pulls a large suitcase from under his bed and opens it up. It is full of gold bars. “Can I just bring this along?”, he pleads with the angel. The angel thinks for a moment, gets on his cell phone to God and speaks some divine language. Then he turns to the man and says, “OK, but only the suitcase.”
So the millionaire is taken up to the pearly gates where St. Peter is waiting to welcome him. Looking at the suitcase St. Peter says, “I’m sorry but we don’t allow any earthly possessions here, you’ll have to leave the suitcase behind.” The angel whispers the situation into St. Peter’s ears and St. Peter seems to understand. “But what could be so important that God would allow you to take it through?”, muses St. Peter, “Let me take a look”.
St. Peter opens the suitcase to see all the gold bars inside and immediately falls to the floor rolling around with ecstatic laughter! The millionaire is amazed at St. Peter’s antics. Wondering why he is laughing. After a while St. Peter is able to stop laughing and manages to ask a question, “Pavement? You want to bring PAVEMENT into heaven?”