Thursday, November 13, 2008

human folly

The couple were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies.

Though not young, they were both in good health, largely due to the wife's insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last 10 years or so. Lots of supplements, organic this and that, the whole gamut!!

One day, their good health didn't help when they went on a rare vacation and their plane crashed, and because they were both good decent folks, they went to Heaven.

They reached the pearly gates, and were escorted inside to a beautiful mansion, furnished in gold and fine silk, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath.
A maid could be seen hanging their favourite clothes in the closet. No more pasar malam stuff now, all Mucci, Bucci and Ducci.

They gasped in astonishment when a Bearded Man said, 'Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now.'

The old man asked how much all this was going to cost. 'Why, nothing, remember, this is Heaven.'

The old man looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any ever built on Earth.
'What are the greens fees?,' grumbled the old man.
'This is heaven, You can play for free, every day.'

Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch, with every imaginable cuisine laid out before them, from seafood to steak, exotic desserts & free flowing beverages.

'Don't even ask. This is Heaven, it is all free for you to enjoy.'
The old man looked around and glanced nervously at his wife.
'Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods and the decaffeinated tea?,' he asked.

'That's the best part, You can eat and drink as much as you like of whatever you like and you will never get fat or sick. After all, This is Heaven!'

The old man pushed, 'No gym to work out at?'
'Not unless you want to,' was the answer.
'No testing my sugar or blood pressure or...'

'Never again. All you do here is enjoy yourself.'

The old man glared at his wife and said, 'You and your silly bran flakes, vitamins, organic stuff and exercise. We could have been here ten years ago!'

so, is it possible each of us are destined for great things BUT holding us back are our own doubts & self-serving desires ? we ignore & reject that which is exceeding much better than what human minds can create or design, then lament that life is unfair.


Anonymous said...

so can i kill myself to go to Heaven?

Yan said...

Aside your philosophical thoughts, I like this wise or healthy remark by a doctor whom I interviewed in my course of work.

This doc believed that we are all given a definite lifespan. If we are given to live to age of 80, we must lead an active, independent and healthy life.

He said, "We should not be bedridden at the age of 60 and having to employ two nurses to take care of us. I am now 58. If I go out and get involved in an accident and die now, this is my given lifespan. So be it. But the fact is I have led a very independent, active and healthy life all my 58 years."

doc said...


nah....the proven route is still via The Cross.

bon voyage!

doc said...


that's easier said than done. what happens if one gets bedridden from an accident? that person will be dependent on some form of assistance for the rest of the life-span.

even so, that doesn't mean that person can't have a life, given the limitations. the aim is perhaps to make the most of whatever we have.

Bengbeng said...

i still think we r accountable for ourselves when it comes to making use of our given portion on earth. sometimes holding back in caution is a virtue too. but to lament that lif e is unfair.. i don't agree. we all have 24 hours a day

Yan said...

I took it by good faith that he meant if you would meet in an accident and be bedridden, or be subjected to certain diseases which are genetic-related and be bedridden, you still have a life to live and you are responsible to live best out of it. I believe he could never have meant that such persons could not have a life!

We were actually touching on healthy lifestyle - like the couple in your story!

doc said...


true. if we don't make use of the talent given to us, even whatever little we have will be taken away.

doc said...


thanks. this reminds me of the parable of the talents.

just me said...

Pemembering Ps 31 v 15,

so praying along Ps 90 vv 12 and

wanting to live along Heb 3 v 13

and avoiding Heb 4 v 7

doc said...

Just me,

thanks, but that quite a handful to remember.

just me said...

doc, no need to remember.Just read them and see if there is any rhema word for you

doc said...

Just me,

thanks again.