The story goes that a preacher and a bus driver both passed away at the same time and were both entering Heavens gate.
The Lord welcomed both the preacher and the bus driver in and took them to a place over looking a serene valley with beautiful soft rolling hills just beyond.
To the preacher he said, “My son, do you see that little cottage with the white gate and all the flowers down there in the valley? The one over there just beyond the creek?” The preacher said he did. The Lord then told him that this was now his heavenly home, and this is where he would be spending eternity.
The Lord then turned to the bus driver and said, “My son, do you see that big stately mansion up there in the hills? The one just to the right of the waterfall with the golden path leading up to it?” The bus driver said he did. The Lord then told him that this was now his heavenly home, and this is where he would be spending eternity.
With this the preacher turned to the Lord with amazement and exclaimed that there must be some mistake. “I have been your loyal servant all of my life.” He went on to explain to the Lord that he was truly a man of God. “How can it be that I am to spend eternity in this small cottage when the bus driver gets the mansion in the hills?”
The Lord replied. “My son, it is true that you have been my loyal servant. And, both of you have been in a position to influence my children. However, while you preached, my children slept. It was while he was driving they prayed.”.