Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is met at the Pearly Gate by St. Peter himself.
The gates are closed, however, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper. St. Peter says, “Well, Forrest, it’s certainly good to see you. We have heard so many good things about you. I must inform you that the place is filling up fast, and we’ve been giving an entrance quiz for everyone. The tests are short, but you need to pass before you can get into Heaven.”
Forrest responds, “It sure is good to be here, St. Peter. I was looking forward to this. Nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. Sure hope the test ain’t too hard; Life was a big enough test as it was.”
St. Peter goes on, “I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions:
1. What days of the week begin with the letter T? —
2. How many seconds are there in a year?
3. What is God’s first name?”
Forrest goes away to think the questions over. He returns the next day and goes up to St. Peter to try to answer the exam questions.
St. Peter waves him up and says, “Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers”.
Forrest says, “Well, the first one how many days of the week begin with the letter “T?” “Shucks, that one’s easy. That’d be Today and Tomorrow.”
The Saint’s eyes open wide and he exclaims, “Forrest! That’s not what I was thinking, but…you do have a point though, and I guess I didn’t specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next one? How many seconds in a year?”
“Now that one’s harder”, says Forrest, “but I thought and thought about that and I guess the only answer can be twelve.”
Astounded, St. Peter says “Twelve! Twelve! Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?”
Forest says “Aw, come on, St Peter, there’s gotta be twelve, January second, February second, March second…”
“Hold it!” interrupts St. Peter. “I see where you’re going. I guess I see your point, though that wasn’t quite what I had in mind, but I’ll give you credit for that one too. Let’s go on with the next and final question. Can you tell me God’s first name?”
Forrest replied, “Andy.”
When St. Peter asked how in the world he came up with the name Andy.
Forrest replied, “You know, St. Peter, that song we sing in church:
Andy walks with me
Andy talks with me
Andy tells me I am His own…
The lesson here is that there is always another point of view or perspective to weigh any matter. And just because another person doesn’t see things the same way or understand the same way that you do, does not mean that he/she is wrong.
— Author Unknown
Meditation: Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him… One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. – Romans 14:1-3, 5-6
You will succeed in Jesus Name!