Billy Graham once said, “I look forward to death with great anticipation” and “My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Today we say goodbye to the great evangelist who is now home.
Some amazing facts about Billy Graham:
- He was one of the ten most admired men in the world, appearing on the list more than anyone.
- He preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.
- He was known as a spiritual adviser to presidents since Harry Truman
- He was frequently called the Protestant Pope.
- He has awards ranging from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award to the Congressional Gold Medal.
- He was bestowed with the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
- He was truly one of the giants of the last century.
Despite all of the accolades, he was puzzled by his own success, often saying “that the first thing I am going to do when I get to Heaven is to ask, “Why me, Lord?”
In his own words:
“A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.” -Billy Graham
“God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with.” -Billy Graham
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” -Billy Graham
“I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” -Billy Graham
“Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.” -Billy Graham
“Life is just a schoolroom with a glorious opportunity to prepare us for eternity.” -Billy Graham
“A good father is one of the most unsung…yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” -Billy Graham
“The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.” -Billy Graham
“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” -Billy Graham
“Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.” -Billy Graham
“Prayer is not just asking. It is listening for God’s orders.” -Billy Graham
“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.” -Billy Graham
“If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.” -Billy Graham
“God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.” -Billy Graham
“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.” -Billy Graham
“Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” -Billy Graham
“Faith, more than fighting, can change the course of events today.” -Billy Graham
“It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray.” -Billy Graham
“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” -Billy Graham
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” -Billy Graham
“God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better.” -Billy Graham
“Only those who want everything done for them are bored.” -Billy Graham
“I don’t need a successor-only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.” -Billy Graham
“We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding.” -Billy Graham
“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” -Billy Graham
“We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.” -Billy Graham
“The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” -Billy Graham
Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God. -Billy Graham
If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life. -Billy Graham
There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men. -Billy Graham
The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will deeply root inside us and give us inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus. -Billy Graham
I look forward to death with great anticipation, to meeting God face to face. -Billy Graham
When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God. -Billy Graham
My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world. -Billy Graham
No, I don’t know the future, but I do know this: the best is yet to be! Heaven awaits us, and that will be far, far more glorious than anything we can ever imagine. -Billy Graham