You need a little background here.
Our oldest son Chad is crazy about Dunkin’ Donuts. Last year, my husband and I planned a rendezvous with Chad in Germany after we worked at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The three of us drove to Cologne (Koln) to see the famous cathedral there. Before we visited the cathedral, Chad informed us that Cologne had one of the few Dunkin’ Donuts in Europe. So we did what some of you might also have done. We went to Dunkin’ Donuts before we saw the cathedral, and we went to Dunkin’ Donuts after we saw the cathedral. [If you are traveling to Europe and want to know locations of other Dunkin’ Donuts, I’m sure that Chad would be happy to help.]
“When we get to Heaven, will there be _____?”
One of my students asked a question like that in science class. (They’ve filled in the blank above with marriage, cars, TV, and all manner of other things.) Since then, we’ve been reading a 50-day devotional about Heaven, a little bit each class period. It’s led to some good discussions about God, Heaven, and exactly how we know if we’re going there. I was scheduled to speak in chapel tomorrow, so I’ve decided to talk about Heaven with all the high schoolers. Half of them, that is. The other half will be away on a basketball trip. So we are going to have chapel in a more comfortable setting, sitting in a circle, with singing and coffee. (Which is more or less what Heaven will be like anyway, right? And also, donuts.)
The book Chad is referring to is 50 Days of Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. Here’s an excerpt from Randy’s book:
“Our minds are set so resolutely on Earth that we are unaccustomed to heavenly thinking. So we must work at it. What have you been doing daily to set your mind on things above, to seek Heaven? What should you do differently?
Perhaps you’re afraid of becoming “so heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly good.” Relax – you have nothing to worry about! On the contrary, many of us are so earthly minded we are of no heavenly or earthly good. As C.S. Lewis observed,
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 118
We need a generation of heavenly minded people who see human beings and the earth itself not simply as they are, but as God intends them to be. Such people will pass on a heritage to their children far more valuable than any inheritance.”
Back to our question – will there be Dunkin’ Donuts in Heaven?
Perhaps we need to visit Dunkin’ Donuts, pick up a cup of coffee and a donut, and peruse Randy’s book . . .
50 Days of Heaven, by Randy Alcorn, copyright 2006. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.