The Greatest General, by Mark Twain:
A man died and met Saint Peter at the gates of heaven.
Recognizing the saint’s knowledge and wisdom, he wanted to ask him a question. “Saint Peter’, he said, “I have been interested in the military history for many years. Tell me, who was the greatest general of all times?”
Peter quickly responded, “O that is a simple question. It’s that man right over there.”
The man looked where Peter was pointing and answered, “You must be mistaken. I knew that man on earth, and he was just a common laborer.”
“That’s right,” Peter remarked, “but he would have been the greatest general of all time-if he had been a general.”
---What a remarkable lesson.
Shortly after reading Twain's story, I started wondering what it would be like to interview the "would-be-general."
I imagine myself sitting across from him in a fluffy cloud, face to face with the following questions:
Q: What held you back from pursuing your dreams while you were on earth?
Q: Did you have a passion in your heart for the things of the military? If so, why didn't you enlist?
Q: When you were alive, did you ever feel a sense of destiny? Like God had a plan for your life?
Q: How's the food up there?
Q: Followed up by, do all dogs really go to heaven? I'm quite serious.
Q: Finally, if you could do it all over again, live your life again on earth, how would you live differently?
I have no idea what the answers would be to those questions.
But what I do know, is that if you find yourself reading this, you still have a chance.
-A chance to live. -A chance to engage.
What a terrible thing it would be to find out in heaven that you could have been the worlds all time greatest __________ .