Sunday, September 19, 2010

You Can’t Take it With You

… but you can send it ahead.

That’s what I got from the homily at church today.

It was mostly about stewardship, but the pastor had a story at the end of the it.

There was once a rich man – he lived in a big McMansion, drove a bunch of fancy cars and had a great wardrobe. When it came to the end of his days, the angel in heaven met him at the gates to lead him into his eternal reward.

The man walked with the angel into heaven to take him where he would stay. They passed a huge house and the angel kept on walking. The rich man was confused, but kept on following. The next street was full of more modest homes, but the angel didn’t stop there.

They finally stopped on a side street in front of a very small lean-to. The rich man looked at the angel and expressed his concern – this can’t be right!

The angel looked at him and said , “This was all we could do with what you sent us.”

You can’t take any of that money or stuff or anything with you from this life. BUT if you work to send it ahead – with time, talent and treasure, given to those who are in need.

Something to think about, right?


  1. Great post. Thanks for the reminder. X.

  2. Very thought provoking idea. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I heard this story a bunch when I was a kid. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. That's a great story! I've never heard it before, but it definitely struck a chord!