Why Everyone Loved Billy Graham.

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We all have heard rumors, scandals, or just nasty talk about preachers in today’s world. Whether they were true, false or maybe a little of each, the fact is that they were all in the press and they all got attacked and mocked and accused of many things. The reason I bring this up is because I was thinking about Billy Graham these last few days. I was recalling all of the times I heard about his affairs, scandals, money hungry ways, and every behavior that I remember hearing about Billy Graham in my lifetime. The problem was, I could not recall any. Not one incident that was in the media concerning Billy Graham.

At first I thought to myself maybe I am too young to remember all his dark times. However after doing some research on him I was surprised to find out that not only was he a straight shooter with very few accusations of any type, but that to the contrary he had set records on the other side. He preached in nearly all the countries in the world, he was called on by more presidents and world leaders than anyone in history for spiritual advice, and he lived a clean life throughout his ministry. Was Billy Graham a sinner? Of course. He had the same disease we all have, according to the Bible, the sin disease we were born into. But he had an outstanding way of standing firm against the sins that so easily entangle many people and preachers today.

I want to give my two cents as to why Bully Graham lived and died as the greatest spiritual mentor in the history of this planet. There are five things I believe he did that made him the man able to excel at his calling like no other.

Billy Graham & President Lyndon B. Johnson in prayer at the White House, 1964

1- He was humble. There was never a hint of him thinking he was better than anyone in the world, as a matter of fact I think he pointed that out himself all the time.

2-He obeyed his calling. Billy Graham sacrificed much of his beloved family time and missed out on many important events simply because he put God’s call on his life before everyone and everything else.

3-He was consistent. Billy Graham was the same whether he was preaching in Haiti, or Egypt to the rich. There was no favor for either. He did not try to please people according to their culture, although respectful of each.

4- He could not be bought. Billy Graham was not interested in perks and special treatment and often turned down any opportunity to have greater housing, or meals then who he was around. He was equal to everyone and better than nobody.

5- By far and the most powerful reason I believe Billy Graham was the man he was is because he did something that is rare in today’s pulpit. He preached the Gospel as it reads in the Word of God. Never watered it down whether he was talking to a muslim imam, or to an atheist. The reason Billy Graham produced more spiritual fruit than any human in history other then Christ Himself, is because he understood that the power of the Gospel is what draws people and fills pews. Not canoe trips and fancy luncheons. It was his passion to preach the Jesus of the bible and Him alone. He knew the secret that most today don’t know or don’t practice today; stay true the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will move in mighty ways.

John 14:6 says ” Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth and the life. No man shall see the Father except through me.” This is a truth that Billy Graham NEVER compromised no matter who he was speaking to. He knew that sticking with the truth would bring forth a harvest, and boy did it. Stadiums filled to capacity all over the world everywhere he went. The most admired of spiritual leaders. Even those who professed another ” way” or ” religion ” flocked to see him, and I believe it was because no matter what hat they wore in the religious world, something inside them knew that they knew that they knew that what Billy Graham preached was the absolute truth.

I would love to have a front row seat at the judgement when rewards are handed out to the faithful of believers. I don’t think any eye has seen nor has any ear heard the things Billy Graham is now facing. How awesome of an example for us all, and what an incredible honor to live in a time when we got to hear him and see him, even if on television and in books. Thank you Rev. Graham for giving us all something to hope for in Christ, and someone to be like on earth, in you.

– Billy Graham –

November 17th -1918- February 21st- 2018

TJ

Job Or Calling ? Which Are You Doing?

A few years ago when I was entering my ” pre-mid life crisis, I took some time to review my entire time in the workforce. Every job I’ve ever done and how long I was at each. I also looked back at which I loved and which I hated.

To my surprise, what I thought would be a long and tedious task, turned out to be like an instant revelation from heaven. It was as if I got to peek down into my life forward to backward and backward to forward. I got a view from above about something that to this day I have shared with many people feeling burned out, bored, and just plain over their current situation.

The answer to why some people love what they do and some hate it is this:

When you are using your gifts you will always enjoy what you are doing. However if we step outside of your gifts, work is just a mundane, boring and hideous task where we spend more time looking at the time clock to go home than we do work .

Gifts are much different than skill sets in this sense. Any of us can sign up for college and and get a certificate or degree in something that we now possess the skill to do well. We may even be considered experts and get awards for work.

Yet we still may go home a few months later and experience the same burnout we did at our last career.

The reason is simple. Although we have been taught a new skill, this has no connection with our satisfaction.

Satisfaction and peace come only from using your God given gifts. There is no shame in learning extra skills fur our toolbox. But never mistake skills fur gifts

Think about it this way. Have you ever been to an event , get together, church service or something like these where the announcer says it’s time to hear a song from so and so- let’s put our hands together for the one and only ” so and so ” who will now sing ” Let Love Reign” ..

You listen to the person start belting out their tune and within a minute you are embarrassed for them. It’s soo very bad that all you can picture is two cows caught in barbed wire moaning for help. ” What is she thinking” we say to our wife or husband.

There are people that want to be something they were not gifted to do. It’s obvious they have no talent in that area. Yet they press on when everyone knows she has been told to slow her roll in the singing, but ignores it. Eventually they crash and burn.

Our gifts are evident by the fruit it produces. Gifts do not brag, or build themselves up. Gifts are those things that you do regularly and realize that all your life you have gotten high praise for it but it didn’t matter because they were not in it for the accolades, but because it is a PASSION!

We all have gifts . I know mine and believe me, I know from the school of hard knocks where my gifts do NOT exist. When you start to operate outside if your gifts in a job or at church or wherever, there is an uncomfortable feeling of frustration, and your career turns into nothing more than a 9-5 punch the clock, can’t wait to get out of here deal.

Now don’t get me wrong, at some point in our lives we have all had to take jobs that were just not within our gifts to get through college or to make ends meet or maybe we were in a situation that we called for that because we couldn’t get the job using our gifts at this time. But that’s not a permanent situation.

Skills can be learned- gifts cannot. Your focus should be to identify what your gifts are. Your spiritual gifts, your God given gifts and pursue that.

Look back and think about all the times that people have complimented you on something that you do well or something that stands out in the crowd that you may have never even thought about. If you’re not sure there are many online Christian spiritual gifts tests that you can take to help you identify where your gifts are. If you’re a violin maker make the best violins around if you change tires do it the best and the fastest way you can do it. If you happen to be the greatest plumber around , be proud! Not many could do that!

If you are a corporate executive be the best CEO you can. Whatever you do stay within your gifting and only use skills for money if it’s absolutely necessary because you can’t make ends meet with your gifts. There’s nothing wrong with that but make sure your priority is to use your gifts so that your motivation stays in place.

That’s my 2 cents for today..

Peace

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Tj

Meantime, Down At The Recruiting/ Training Office  For The Catholic Diocese…

Interviews being conducted..no parents allowed. Come one , come all! Boys between 9-17 that is..heh heh…

The groom em, use em, and doom em camp. Since 1815..

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This would be funny if it were not the truth..

Hear, Hear…The Most Ignored Fact In Treatment Today..

Sadly the only time that providers will truly recognize and acknowledge that addiction is a disease is when they have no choice because  payers  quit paying for crappy results. It’s the only way overbilling can continue. Soon I hope the providers will be held accountable for more than what we’re getting. It’s about time..but at least it’s coming …nothing to write home about..

But when they acknowledge it as a disease it will justify the repeat billing and the constant relapses just like another disease -like diabetes or anything else. Better late then never ..

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