In the Epilogue of Mitch Albom’s “Have A Little Faith” , Mitch and Albert Lewis were talking about heaven. Then Mitch asks Albert what he would do if he had just 5 minutes to be with God. Intrigued, Albert asked, “And in those five minutes?” “In those five minutes you can ask God whatever you want,” replied Mitch.
Albert pushed back on his chair, as if consulting the air around him. Then he said, “First, I would say, ‘Do me a favor, God in heaven, if You can, members of my family who need help, please show them the way on earth. Guide them a little.'” That was a minute.
“The next three minutes, I’d say, ‘Lord, give these to someone who is suffering and requires your love and counsel.'”
“You’d give up three minutes?” Mitch asked. “If someone truly needs it, yes,” Albert replied. “Okay. That leaves you a minute,” Mitch continued.
“All right. In that final minute, I would say, ‘Look, Lord, I’ve done X amount of good stuff on earth. I have tried to follow your teachings and to pass them on. I have loved my family. I’ve been part of a community. And I have been, I think, fairly good to people, ” Albert paused. “‘So Heavenly Father, for all this, what is my reward?” Albert finishes.
“And what would you think God would say?” Mitch askes.
Albert smiles and said, “He’ll say, ‘Reward? What reward? That’s what you were supposed to do?”
Both of them laughed at that.
What would you do if you had five minutes with God? Me? I’d just ask Him to take care of my family and friends. Then, I’d ask Him to give me a hug just like what a son would ask his dad. With that hug, I know all the things that come after, will be okay. Whether or not He gives me a hug, I’ll ask for forgiveness for my sins, for my moments of weakness, for my inaction, for my apathy, for my failures, and ask for His strength and His grace.