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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)
- TITLE: At The Gates
By Joshua Janoski
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“Excuse me! Pardon me! Um, can I get through please?”
Peter appeared to be having a difficult time navigating the crowds near the Pearly Gates. The angel Gabriel came flying down to speak with him.
“Good day Peter. Where are you headed?” Gabriel asked.
“Just trying to get to the gates Gabriel. I’m beginning the daily admission process. Since the rapture took place, there has been an overflow of people just waiting to get in.”
Gabriel laughed and continued to follow Peter.
“This place is huge, and yet everyone seems to want to hang out at the front gates .” Peter said with a sigh.
“It’s a hot spot for sure, but I know just the man who can help you”, Gabriel said. “Hey Moses! Can you help Peter out here?”
Moses walked over to the front of the crowd and spread his arms apart, his staff tightly held in his right hand. The crowd began to separate, leaving a path for Peter to walk through.
“Show off.” Peter muttered with a grin as he nodded at Moses.
He punched in a code at a keypad attached to the wall next to the gates. The gates swung open. He slid his punch card into the time clock next to the keypad, and then walked outside of the gates.
Peter stood facing the massive crowd. This was THE largest crowd he had seen outside of the gates at one time. He walked over to an empty podium situated in front of the large gates.
“Book of Life needed at front gate ASAP,” he yelled.
An angel, driving a small forklift, drove over to the podium. The forklift raised up an enormous book, and then lowered it onto the podium.
“Thank you Miles” Peter said, as the forklift drove off. “Now let’s see here. Has everyone taken a number?”
Hands went up in the air showing their number tickets.
“Very good. Let’s start off with number one.”
A young man stepped up to the podium.
“Your name sir?”
“David Carter” the man said with a smile.
Peter flipped through the pages of the book. After a few moments of reading, he stopped and looked up at David.
“Mr. Carter, did you ever accept Christ as your personal Savior?”
A puzzled expression came over David’s face.
“Um, no sir. Why do you ask?”
“Well you see son, your name is not listed in this book here. The only way to get your name into this book is to accept Christ as your personal Savior. No name in the book…no entry into Heaven.“ Peter said with a grimace.
David argued with Peter. “No one told me about any special tasks that I would need to complete in order to get in here. This is Heaven isn’t it? Doesn’t everyone get admitted when they die?”
“It says here that your cousin tried to get you to accept Christ a couple of years ago.”
“That joker with the baggy pants and backwards baseball cap? What did he know about God?” David asked.
“Apparently more than you did. He was let in yesterday.”
David looked surprised as Peter continued to speak.
“How about your wife? Didn’t she try to get you to turn to God?”
“Yes, she nagged me about it all the time,” David said. “Where is she anyways? I want to talk to her about this.”
Peter pointed up to a large mansion sitting up on a distant hill behind him.
“That’s her home; She too has already been admitted.
David’s head hung low. He began to realize his big mistake.
“According to my records David, you had numerous opportunities to get your name recorded into this book, and you turned down every one of them. Each opportunity was the perfect chance to secure your place here. Unfortunately, you waited too long, and now it’s too late.”
Peter reached down and pulled a lever attached to the bottom of the podium. A trap door opened in the clouds beneath David’s feet. David fell through into a dark eternity.
“This is such a hard job sometimes,” Peter whispered to himself as he called for the next number.
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