A minister dies and,
resplendent in his clerical collar and colorful robes, waits in line at the
Just ahead of him is a guy dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket,
Saint Peter addresses this guy, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not
to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?" The guy replies, "I'm Joe Green,
taxi-driver, of Noo Yawk City." Saint Peter consults his list, smiles and
says to the taxi-driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff, and enter into
the Kingdom." So the taxi-driver enters Heaven with his robe and staff, and the
minister is next in line.
He stands erect. Without being asked, he proclaims, "I am Joseph Snow, head
pastor of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years." Saint Peter consults his
list and says, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of
"Just a minute," says the minister, "that man was a taxi-driver, and you issued
him a silken robe and golden staff. But I get wood and cotton. How can this be?"
"Up here, we go by results," says Saint Peter. "While you preached, people
slept; while he drove, people prayed."