Joke: Taking it with you

There once was a very rich man who was near death.  He grieved because he had worked so hard for his money, and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray for this.

An angel heard his plea and appeared to him. “Sorry, but your earthly wealth cannot come with you,” the angel told him.  But the man implored the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules just once.

A few days later, the angel reappeared and informed the man that God had decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man immediately sold all his properties, stocks, bonds, cars, jewelery and much more, converting every bit into pure gold. He carefully filled his largest suitcase with the gold bars and placed it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man died.  When he showed up at the Gates of Heaven, St. Peter, seeing the suitcase, said, “Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”

But the man explained to St. Peter that he had special permission, and asked him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checked and came back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag.  But I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through.”

St. Peter opened the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found far too precious to leave behind him.  Upon seeing its contents, however, St. Peter exclaimed in surprise, “You brought pavement?!!!”