Yesterday morning, I woke up with a song running through my head. You know what that’s like. A song goes through your mind and you can’t seem to get it out. For me, it was a song I hadn’t actually thought of for some time. It was a song called, “Just As I Am” and it was the cornerstone hymn of nearly every Billy Graham crusade. I didn’t know until later in the morning that the incredible man who had dedicated his life to telling God’s stories was now sitting at the table with his Lord and King. I suspect we can’t imagine the standing ovation he must have received as he showed up at heaven’s gate, but I’m sure the sound of celebration and applause was deafening. Probably 90% of those cheering him home were people who had come to know God at one of his crusades. I imagine that even hours later after reaching the gate, he’s still shaking hands with all those grateful people, ones who might have missed being there if it hadn’t been for Billy Graham.
It’s a little sadder for us on this side. A significant light went out and we will all feel the loss. Perhaps in Billy Graham’s honor though, we could each make an effort to shine a little brighter, turn the light up where we are and remember to tell God’s stories. He was a soul man, out to catch as many souls and guide them to heaven as he could muster. He reminded us that we too can spread the light. In fact, he said that “you might be the only Bible some people ever read.” I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to be sure that the word someone hears from me helps create more space in their heart for God. Today, let’s lift our banners higher than we have before. Let’s make it our personal crusade to help others come to know Christ and to remind them that God knows them already. If God knows you already, that means He’s just waiting for you to stop long enough to get acquainted. He’s waiting to share one on one time with you so you each have more stories to tell. He’s waiting to remind you how special you are to Him.
Billy Graham has more stories to tell than most of us, but our job here on earth is to keep talking, keep walking, and keep shining the light so others can see. We might not be the amazing soul man that Dr. Graham was for his entire life, but we can be the “Good Word” of grace and love and forgiveness that helps our neighbor become a friend of God. We can each share the love.
Thank you, Billy Graham! You made the world a better place for all of us.