Billy Graham–Advice for, Well, Everyone

Billy Graham, so sources say, died yesterday.  Dr. Graham claims otherwise.  To quote him:

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead.  Don’t you believe a word of it.  I shall be more alive than I am now.  I will just have changed my address.  I will have gone into the presence of God.

I normally like to do these pretend interviews as though the interviewee and I are having an actual conversation, and I’m using their recorded words as their answers.  Not doing that this time.  Dr. Graham’s graduation to Heaven is too new, too fresh, and it feels disrespectful.  But I’d wanted to share some of his wisdom:

“I feel sorry for the man who has never known the bracing thrill of taking a stand and sticking to it fearlessly. Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine. Like a shot of adrenaline, it floods the spirit with vitality.”

“What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?” a university student asked me several years ago. “The brevity of it,” I replied without hesitation. … Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

And, as he neared the end of his earthly travels, he shared this:

No, I don’t know the future, but I do know this: the best is yet to be! Heaven awaits us, and that will be far, far more glorious than anything we can ever imagine. I know that soon my life will be over. I thank God for it, and for all He has given me in this life. But I look forward to Heaven. I look forward to the reunion with friends and loved ones who have gone on before. I look forward to Heaven’s freedom from sorrow and pain. I also look forward to serving God in ways we can’t begin to imagine, for the Bible makes it clear that Heaven is not a place of idleness. And most of all, I look forward to seeing Christ and bowing before Him in praise and gratitude for all He has done for us, and for using me on this earth by His grace—just as I am.

I’ll close with one of my favorite sayings from Dr. Graham, one I quote on a regular basis:

“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, and my job to love.”

Thank you for your life, Dr. Graham, and all glory be to the God Who did such great things through you.  God bless, friends.