A preacher died and went to heaven. The inhabitants there were, he found, ranked as on the earth, even more strictly so, and they were placed corresponding to their ranks. He noticed that a cab driver he knew had been given a higher place than he had. He complained to St. Peter, “I devoted my entire life to my congregation. Why is it that I’m ranked lower than that cab driver?”
“Our policy is to reward results,” explained St. Peter. “Now what happened, Reverend, whenever you gave a sermon?” What flashed in the priest’s mind was the people falling asleep during every sermon he gave.
St, Peter, reading his mind, said, “Exactly. But when people traveled in this man’s taxi, they not only stayed awake, they prayed that they would survive his driving.”
The people in the congregation in the preacher’s church on Sundays were all believers. Nevertheless, he could not satisfy all of them. He could not cultivate religion in non-religious people, either, because they didn’t come to church. On the other hand, the cab driver never failed to remind his customers, including ones who had long forgotten about religion, of God by placing their lives at risk by driving recklessly. In this respect, the cab driver had been evaluated higher than the preacher in heaven.