A lot of people have said that we suffer in this life so that we might be rewarded in Heaven. Now I’ve certainly had times where I suffered, but, overall, I think I’ve had a pretty good life. I’ve never been homeless. I’ve never had extended periods where I couldn’t get enough to eat. And I’ve always been able to amuse myself, one way or another. So I thought I’d ask God if I’ve suffered enough, enough to make it through the pearly gates.

God told me that suffering isn’t how we get into Heaven. He said that would be like working for a company that gave out raises to the employees that had the worst time during the year instead of to those that accomplished the most. The way to get into Heaven is to be a good person, to do good things and not do bad things.

Now somewhere in our conversation I also got the impression that people that seem to have nothing but bad luck, people that just never seem to get the breaks, that those people might actually have souls that are serving out their time in Purgatory for their past lives. Of course, I could be reading between the lines a little too much, so don’t quote me on that.

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