93 Years of Grace

By   •   November 3, 2011   •   Topics:

I have often said that the first things I am going to do when I get to Heaven is to ask, “Why me, Lord? Why did you choose a farmboy from North Carolina to preach to so many people, to have such a wonderful team of associates, and to have part in what You were doing in the latter half of the twentieth century?”

One of the joys of Heaven, I am convinced, will be discovering the hidden ways that God in His sovereignty acted in our lives on earth to protects us and guide us so as to bring glory to His name, in spite of our frailty.

As I look back over the years, however, I know that my deepest feeling is one of overwhelming gratitude. I cannot take credit for whatever God has chosen to accomplish through us and out ministry; only God deserves the glory, and we can never thank Him enough for the great things He has done.

Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back on my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do many things differently.

For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family. I would also spend more time in spiritual nurture, seeking to grow closer to God so I could become more like Christ. I would spend more time in prayer, not just for myself but for others. I would spend more time studying the Bible and meditating on its truth, not only for sermon preparation but to apply its message to my life.

And I would give more attention to fellowship with other Christians, who could teach me and encourage me (and even rebuke me when necessary).

About one thing I have absolutely no regrets, however, and that is my commitment many years ago to accept God’s calling to serve Him as an evangelist of the Gospel of Christ. 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.

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168 Comments

  1. susie says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Reverend Graham. You have always been my spiritual inspiration. I feel like I am so close to our Lord Jesus each time I am on your website reading and watching the different ministries via videos of you, Your family members, and crusade partners witnessing God's word to spread the good news. You and your family crew members are such a role models in winning souls of the unbelievers. I pray for more healthy years to come and have a very long life. Sincerely, Susie

  2. Charles says:

    Dr. Graham, Happy Birthday and thank you for your years of service of taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world.

  3. Donald says:

    Dear Dr. Billy Graham, I wish you a Happy 93rd Birthday. May the Lord bless you and give you many more years with your family. Thank you for the years of preaching the gospel and the many souls won to Christ. Sincerely, Donald

  4. Bright says:

    I thank God for you because of His grace given to you in Christ Jesus, I'm wishing you a peaceful happy birthday, may God add more years to your years amen.

  5. kipchirchir Arap Bittok says:

    PSm 16:11 still working in the path of life. God bless you as He continue renew your strength that we will celebrate more year before you go home. Happy birthday Dr Graham

  6. Taneli says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Graham . What a bright light of God you are! America`s best! May God bless you Sir. God bless Bgea, The Graham´s and the America! -from Finland

  7. Bobby says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Graham! I apologize for my late congratulations. I continue today to watch your past crusades on TV. I am 63 and continue to thank you for your contribution to the world about Jesus Christ. Thank you!

  8. Mary says:

    Brother Billy Graham, God bless you with many more years as your prayers for the world is very necessary than ever before in the present time. Your inspiration and seed you planted grown like mighty acorn tree, your archive messages are still bringing souls to the Kingdom.

  9. Pat says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Graham…thank you for so many years of your ministry and love for God's people. You have helped me more than you will ever know. God Bless you!

  10. Patti says:

    Happy Birthday and God Bless you Pastor Billy Graham.