The Gift of a Long-handled Spoon
A young student was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said. “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”
The Lord led the student to two doors.
He opened one of the doors and the student looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. On the center of the table was set a large bowl of stew. It smelled delicious and made the student’s mouth water. Around the stew was set many other delicious banquet items. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and taking spoonfuls of the delicious stew from the pot.
But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. Each person continued in futile attempts to satisfy their hunger. The student shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the student’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and healthy. The room was filled with laughter and delight.
The student said, “I don’t understand.”
“It is simple,” said the Lord. “It requires but one skill. You see they have learned the secret to life….. serve one another from everything I have provided.”
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10