Can You Take It with You?
A man was talking to God while on his deathbed. He prayed, “Lord, I know the saying about not being able to take it with you. Yet I have spent my whole life collecting my vast wealth, giving much to the Church. I would be heartbroken if I couldn’t take at least some of it with me when I die.”
“Well,” said the Lord, “Normally we don’t allow such a thing. Such items are just not necessary here. However, since I can see how important your wealth is to you, I'll permit you to take one suitcase filled with whatever you wish.”
The man eagerly began planning for what he could take with him. Finally, to maximize his wealth per cubic inch, he decided to pack the case full of gold bars.
The next day he arrived at St. Peter’s desk by the pearly gates. Peter welcomed him and offered to escort him to his new room. “But,” said Peter, “you’ll have to leave the suitcase here. We don’t permit items from earth to come into heaven.”
The man said, “The Lord gave me permission to take one suitcase filled with whatever I wished.”
Peter checked his book. The man was right. There was a special exemption of the “no earthly wealth” clause just for him.
“Okay,” said Peter, “Let’s see what you have.”
The man laid his suitcase on Peter’s desk and opened it for inspection. Peter examined the contents and turned to the man with a puzzled look on his face and incredulity in his voice: “You brought paving stones!?”
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