A Priest dies following a road accident & is awaiting his turn in line at the Heaven's Gates.
Ahead of him is a guy, with untidy hair, unshaven and dressed in a khaki coat and sarong tucked up and chewing betel with a tattoo visible in his chest of a cross with the words "YAKKA PARADDAMU" (defeat the devil) wearing BATA rubber slippers with a scarf round the neck.
God asks him: Please tell me who you are, so that I may know whether to admit you into the kingdom of Heaven or not?
The guy replies: I am Appuhamy the CTB driver from Srilanka.
God consults his ledger, smiles & says to Appuhamy: Please take this silken robe & gold scarf & enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
In Srilanka the clergy is reserved seats immediately behind the driver in CTB buses and so the priest recognizes Appuhamy who recklessly drove the bus into the building at high speed.
Now it is the priest's turn. He stands erect and speaks out in a booming voice: I am Fr Pinto ,Head of the Don Bosco Seminary Ettukala ,Negombo and one time parish priest of St Mary's Church Negombo and celebrated 40 years as a priest and service to God in December last year.
God consults his ledger & says to the Priest: Please take this cotton robe & enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
'Just a minute,' says the agonized Priest. 'How is it that a foul mouthed, rash Driver is given a Silken robe & a Golden scarf and me, a Priest, who's dedicated my whole life preaching your Name & wins goodness and bringing up priests to serve you has to make do with only a Cotton robe?'
'Results my friend, results,' shrugs God.
'While you preached, people SLEPT; but when he drove, people PRAYED'
It's PERFORMANCE & not POSITION that ultimately counts even in Heaven.