The 2 Regrets of Billy Graham

I once heard Will Graham talk about a conversation he had with his famous grandfather, Billy Graham.

It was an interesting conversation, but maybe one to be expected at the end of the journey like Billy Graham.

What regrets did Billy Graham have in this life?  He only had 2.

They both surprised and challenged me.

  1. The Book

Billy Graham said that  he regretted not reading and studying scripture more.  He felt he didn’t know the Bible well enough.

I was a little surprised when I heard this.  It did challenge me.  Will I have the same regret when I am closer to the end of the journey?  I don’t want to, so what can I do about it?

I have to make studying the Bible a regular part of my life.  I read the Bible.  I read it for sermons.  I read it for small groups.  I even read it devotionally.  What I really need to make a part of my life is to STUDY the Bible.

  1. The Conversation

The other regret that Billy Graham had was that he wished he prayed more.  In fact he thought if he prayed more that more would have happened in his ministry.

Think about that for a moment.  More happening in Billy Graham’s ministry…

I don’t think we will ever fully understand the affects of our prayers.  All I do know is that scripture tells us that we should pray and even how to pray.

This regret of Billy’s challenged me with the intentionality and volume of my prayer life.

If anything, this conversation between a grandfather and grandson challenged me that we need to be youth workers that study the Bible and pray frequently.  I hope it does the same f

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Tyson Howells

Tyson is the associate youth ministry director for Vanguard Youth Ministry Institute. He has been a youth pastor for many years in Winnipeg as well as in Edmonton. Tyson is passionate in seeing relational youth ministry that results in youth that are passionate about following Jesus. He still leads a small group at the youth group in his home church.