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Dr. Billy Graham’s 3 Regrets
It is not uncommon to have a few regrets when you look back on a life that is lived and decisions that were made. It is hard to imagine that Dr. Billy Graham would have regrets when reflecting on his life, but he does. Honestly we all do.
At age 95 Dr. Graham shares three of his.
Here, in his own words, are the three biggest regrets of Billy Graham’s life and ministry.
“Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over 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.
When I look back over the schedule I kept thirty or forty years ago, I am staggered by all the things we did and the engagements we kept. Sometimes we flitted from one part of the country to another, even from one continent to another, in the course of only a few days. Were all those engagements necessary? Was I as discerning as I might have been about which ones to take and which to turn down? I doubt it. Every day I was absent from my family is gone forever. Although much of that travel was necessary, some of it was not.
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. It is far too easy for someone in my position to read the Bible only with an eye on a future sermon, overlooking the message God has for me through its pages.
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.”
Well those are Billy Graham’s regrets, but they do not have to be ours. As our lives, calendars, families and churches lean into Thanksgiving and Christmas, let us learn from the many things Dr. Graham has done right, and let us learn from his admitted regrets.
Value Bible study. Invest in the lives of other Christians. Nurture your family. – Adapted from The Wardrobe Door
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