WORDS WE ALL LONG TO HEAR
One of the town's ministers purchased a new sports car and could not resist the temptation to show it off to a couple of his fellow clergy in the town. The 3 of them went on a bit of a joy ride, the happy new owner revving the engine at every stop light and speeding along faster than the limit allowed. At one point he lost control of the car and crashed into a pole. All 3 ministers regained consciousness and found themselves in the presence of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates.
St. Peter said to them, "Gentlemen you have arrived in heaven, but before you enter I need to record your ideas as to what you want to be remembered for back on earth. What do you want people to say about you"
The first minister replied that he wanted people to talk about his ability to revive his church congregation. He wanted them to say, "He had the gifts to restore our parish to health and growth."
The second minister replied that he wanted people to remember his personality traits. He wanted them to say, "He was a kindly and forgiving man who loved everyone he met."
The driver of the car thought for a few moments before he answered and then replied that he hoped his congregation would all attend his funeral, look down at his body in the casket and say, "Look, Look!! He's breathing!!!"