Excerpt from Greater Than, on sale at Amazon for 99 cents today and tomorrow:
My wife once told me about a man who was given a tour of Heaven and Hell. In Hell, many gaunt and miserable people sat at long tables filled with wonderful food. The people were trying to eat with three-foot-long chopsticks. The food would drop to the floor before they were able to take a bite, so they starved. Apparently there is no five second rule in hell and you can’t eat with your fingers. I asked. My wife said, “No.” In Heaven, they sat at the similar tables with similar food and similar three-foot-long chopsticks. They were happy, singing and well fed. What was the difference between Heaven and Hell you ask? I’m so glad you asked because the rest of this chapter would be rather dull if you hadn’t asked. The difference was that while in Hell the people were trying and failing to feed themselves, in Heaven they were feeding each other. Each person would put a bite of food on the long chopstick and feed it to the person across from them.
What do we learn from this story, other than it is sometimes permissible to eat with your hands? First, yes, working together is a wonderful thing. Kumbaya and all that. Second and why I’ve brought it up in a chapter about the importance of your reactions, is that the situation in both Heaven and Hell were both exactly the same. The difference was the reactions people had to their situation. The more positive and proactive your reaction, the better the final outcome. The reaction of people literally made the difference between Heaven and Hell.