I’ve been blessed to be surrounded in life by people who have a lot more experience in marriage, ministry and just life in general. I love to listen to older ministers when they’re talking, they’ve been there and done it. Their life and ministry experience is so invaluable to me.
When I recently stumbled on an article entitled “Q & A With Billy Graham on Aging, Regrets, and Evangelicals” I read with full attention, especially this question:
“If you could would you go back and do anything differently?”
What might he say?
- I would have run for President?
- I would have started a mega church?
- I would have squeezed one more large arena event in before getting ill?
“Yes, of course. I’d spent more time at home with my family and I’d study more and preach less.”
Really? Did you read that? Go back and read it one more time. Let that sink in. This is a man who quite possible has had the largest impact on the Kingdom we’ll ever witness.
As Andy Stanley says, you have to choose to cheat. You’re going to cheat someone or something. I could be wrong, but I bet not one of us on our death bed will we could have preached more, written more, worked more, sold more, or traveled more.
Do you have a favorite nugget of wisdom, guidance, or inspiration from someone that has gone before you?