By Alan Smith
is told about three nurses who died and went to
Heaven, where they were met at the Pearly Gates
by Peter. To the first, he asked,
"What did you used to do back on Earth? Why
do you think you should be allowed to come into
"I was a
nurse at an inner city hospital," she
replied. "I worked to bring healing and
peace to many sufferers, especially poor, helpless
noble," said Peter. "You may enter." And in she
next nurse, he asked the same question. "What did
you used to do?" "Why do you think you
should be allowed to come into Heaven?"
"I was a
nurse at a missionary hospital in the Amazon
basin," she replied. "For many years, I worked
with a skeleton crew of doctors and nurses who
tried to reach out to as many people across
numerous tribes, with a hand of healing and peace,
and with the message about God's love."
touching," said Peter. "You, too, may
enter." And in she went.
came to the last nurse, to whom he asked, "What
did you used to do back on Earth? Why do you think
you should be allowed to come into Heaven?"
hesitation, she replied, "I was a nurse at an
pondered this for a moment, and then said, "Ok,
you may enter, too."
said the nurse. "For a moment there, I thought you
weren't going to let me in."
can come in," said St. Peter, "but you can only
stay for three days."
you personally know the feeling of being pushed
out of a hospital room faster than you would like
to have been. But while there are a lot of
adjectives that the Bible uses to describe heaven
-- incorruptible, undefiled, glorious -- one
adjective that is never used is "temporary."
As I look
back over my life, there have been some wonderful
moments that I wished would never end. But
everything we experience in this life is
temporary. No matter how much we enjoy doing
something, going somewhere, or being with someone,
it is all only temporary. But, in heaven, we
have the opportunity to be with God and His
redeemed for all eternity!
"So we fix
our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is
unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal. Now we know that if the
earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a
building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not
built by human hands." (2 Cor. 4:18-5:1)
you've made your reservations for the party that
will never end!
a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today,"
and minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ
in Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at