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The doctor says I haven't got long to live (heart disease), so I've been doing a lot of thinking. As I look back, I wish I could live my life over again, because I know I wasted it. I hope you'll keep urging people to get their lives straightened out, because once you get in my condition it's too late.


One thing that’s impressed me as I’ve grown older is just how fast time passes. When we are young, we think we have all the time in the world–but we don’t, and all too quickly our lives are over.

Your experience reminds me of King Solomon in the Bible, who spent much of his life searching for happiness. He tried everything–but in the end realized it had been a waste. As he neared his life’s end, he urged those who were still young not to make the same mistake. He wrote, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth … Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:1,13).

He had discovered what most people never realize until it’s too late: Life is only worth living when we put God at its center. I hope your words will cause some young person to stop and look at their life, and then turn to Christ. Jesus’ words are true: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Yes, it may be too late for you to change the past–but it’s not too late to change your future. Some day soon, you will die and enter eternity. Are you prepared for that day? You can be, by turning to Christ for the forgiveness and hope that you need.

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  1. Shirley Black says:

    I too have heart disease and other health problems it seems like I’ve just really learn how to live to feel that my life is almost over oh how I wish I had learn more about JESUS when I was younger and lived my life for The Lord at least put him into my choices and gone to him in prayer about everything I know now he is the reason and purpose of all things I can’t say enough about him

  2. Betty Puckett says:

    I am so sorry to hear that you are near the end of your life. It makes my heart sore. I worked for Word, Inc. in the 80’s. I was the relief receptionist and switchboard operator. One day I looked up and almost lost my speech. In walked this tall, thin man I have admired as long as I can remember. Mother & I saw every broadcast you made in our area (Clifton, TX) and after I married I did the same (Robinson, TX). I have never heard you say anything that is not true, relying on God’s love letters to us, being steadfast in your convictions. That is why I was surprised to hear you think your life was wasted and would like a “repeat”. I know we all sin everyday, but Mr. Graham, yours has certainly not been wasted. You have influenced more people to follow our Lord than any other person in your lifetime. 95! Wow! You must have really honored your parents when they were alive! What a blessing to be able to live so long. I feel that way about my 66 years. As a Mother, I’ll tell you to eat properly, get plenty of sleep, take your medicine, and don’t be so hard on yourself. I believe we can be our own worst enemy. Satan likes to be in on that too! Don’t let him – shoo him off! You have been on my pray list longer than any person in my. lifetime. I will pray for you still, asking God to bless you in all the days you have left. I lost my baby brother this June and went through a mourning period & depression I have never had before. I had prayed for 2 years God would heal him, but it was not to be. Guess God needed him more in Heaven than we did here. Maybe God wants that for you, too. If you haven’t had someone to anoint you with oil & pray for a miracle cure, you should do that. Only invite those that are saved & believe in God’s miracles. Added power! Think mustard seed! If that doesn’t work for you then what better place to go than Heaven! I shall ask for an angel to be with you everyday until you go home. And to soften your pain. Bless your heart! Betty Puckett