Billy Graham's Response to His Biggest Surprise in Life Holds True in the Hearts of Every Christian
Iconic evangelist Billy Graham passed from this world and into the next on Feb. 21, 2018. His passing has inspired thousands to share their favorite memories of Graham’s thoughts, remarks and sayings.
One of the very best is the beloved reverend’s response to what he considered to be the biggest surprise in life — he was utterly floored by how short life is.
“There may not be a tomorrow for you,” he said lovingly, but bluntly.
Grahams’ remarks were made in 1982 at the Southern Seminary Chapel, according to a video shared by the Southern Seminary’s Twitter account, but they hold perhaps even more meaning today than they did then.
"There may not be a tomorrow for you." – Billy Graham in Southern Seminary Chapel, 1982 pic.twitter.com/j0oXvPDjfS
— Southern Seminary (@SBTS) February 21, 2018
“If someone had told me when I was 20 years old that life was very short and that it would past just like ‘that,’ I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said. “And if I don’t tell you that, you don’t believe it either.”
“I cannot get young people to understand how brief life is — how quickly it passes! It seems like yesterday I was in school,” he recalled.
“The fact that time is short calls for something now,” he insisted.
We have to be men and women of action to further Christ’s kingdom, he said.
“The things we ought to do, the classes we ought to take, the books we ought to read — do it now!” he urged.
“The family that needs you, spend more time with them now! Write that letter home now!… The money you ought to give, give now!… The people you ought to witness to, do it now!”
“There may not be a tomorrow for you and for me,” he said, and then nailed his point home:
“Time is too short for indecision.”
He may have delivered the message nearly four decades ago, but he was already finishing off his early sixties.
That man went on to touch untold lives through his loving-kindness and passion for Jesus.
You are welcome to believe whatever you want, but I tell you — this really is a powerful testament to the fact that the Lord rewards people of God who live each day for Him as though it was his or her last.
Let’s see if we can emulate a little bit of Graham’s love for Christ today.
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