testing the children
in my Sunday school class
to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.
I asked them, 'If I sold my house and my car, and had a big garage sale
and gave all my money
to the church,
Would that get me into Heaven?'
'NO!' the children answered.
'If I cleaned the church every day,
mowed the yard,
and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?'
Again, the answer was, 'NO!'
By now I was starting to smile.
Hey, this was fun!
'Well, then, if I was kind to animals
and gave candy
to all the children,
and loved my husband,
would that get me into Heaven?' I asked them again.
Again, they all answered, 'NO!'
I was just
bursting with pride for them.
continued, 'then how can I get into Heaven?'
A five-year-old boy shouted out,
'YOU GOTTA BE DEAD.'