A multimillionaire nearing the end of his life was distraught because he had worked so hard for his wealth and he wanted to be able to take it with him when he died. He prayed and asked God if he could do so.
“Sorry,” God said. “Rules are rules.”
But the man begged and pleaded, and eventually God relented.
“All right, you win,” God said. “I’ll make an exception just this once. You can bring one suitcase.”
Overjoyed, the man took his largest suitcase, filled it with bars of pure gold, and set it beside his bed.
Not long afterward, the man died and arrived at the gates of heaven. St. Peter took one look at the suitcase and said, “You can’t bring that in here.”
The man explained that he had special permission from God. St. Peter was skeptical, but went to check the story out. After a while he returned.
“You’re right,” Peter said. “God says you’re allowed one suitcase. But I’ll have to check its contents before letting it through.”
St. Peter opened the suitcase to inspect the worldly goods that the man had found too precious to leave behind, and said in astonishment, “You brought pavement?”