America’s Pastor Was My Pastor Too

Billy Graham, known as “America’s Pastor” for his years of advising our Presidents and for his incredible ministry both in the United States and around the world.  Countless believers can trace the start of their relationship with Christ at one of his rallies.  He is an incredible spiritual figure in Christian heritage, especially in recent memory.

My shoulders slump as I think of how I never got to meet Billy Graham.  On this side of heaven, I will never get to shake his hand and thank him for his influence on my life.

He’ll never know what his testimony would teach me.  His rules of making sure to not meet with a woman alone, and to always live above reproach.  His integrity that lasted until he took his final breath.  That’s the type of legacy and example that young man in the ministry needs.

He’ll never know that as a very young pastor, nervous on a Saturday night about taking the pulpit in the morning, I would watch Billy Graham preach.  It was like Knute Rockne or Herb Brooks walked into my family room and gave me a spiritual rallying cry.  After listening to him, I was absolutely pumped to deliver God’s precious Word in just a few short hours.

He’ll never know my first son has a middle name Graham, named after the man I admired from afar for all these years.  My boy will learn what a great man he was and all he did for the Kingdom of God.

He’ll never know I got a shelf with his books on them.  No it’s not a shrine.  It’s a reminder of one of my mentors, who was able to disciple me from the television, through his writings, and by his example.

So thank you Reverend Billy Graham.  One day I will have the chance to tell you thank you.  Until then, your sermons, your books, and your example will continue to teach this young student.

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