BILLY GRA­HAM

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Life - This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

Q: Q:If we should store up trea­sures in Heaven as the Bi­ble says, is it re­ally that im­por­tant to bother with pre­par­ing a will? – P.D.

A: A:While no one likes to dwell on death or pre­pare for it, the Bi­ble em­pha­sizes these mat­ters. Life is un­cer­tain; but our fu­ture doesn’t have to be. Since death is an un­de­ni­able re­al­ity, we should all be dili­gent to have our house in or­der.

The story is told of an at­tor­ney who did not prac­tice what he preached. He died un­ex­pect­edly shortly af­ter his re­tire­ment. For decades peo­ple had sought his le­gal ad­vice about wills and es­tates. His clients had great con­fi­dence in his knowl­edge, abil­ity, wis­dom and com­mon sense. When he died he was re­mem­bered with great ad­mi­ra­tion.

But shortly af­ter the fu­neral, his fam­ily made a dis­turb­ing discovery: The wise old at­tor­ney had never got­ten around to pre­par­ing his own will nor had he in­formed any­one about his fi­nan­cial af­fairs – the fam­ily didn’t even know what prop­er­ties he owned or even if he had a safe de­posit box. He had failed to do for him­self what he had ad­vised count­less oth­ers to do. God does ex­pect us to look af­ter our per­sonal af­fairs and be re­spon­si­ble for what passes through our hands in life.

But more im­por­tant than set­ting our house in or­der is set­ting our soul in or­der and plac­ing it in the eter­nal care of God. It is strange that men will pre­pare for al­most ev­ery­thing ex­cept death. Some­one has said that death is not a pe­riod, but a comma in the story of life. Death is sim­ply the door­way to eter­nal life, whether in Heaven or Hell. Sooner or later we will all face death; and we should be mak­ing prepa­ra­tions while we are liv­ing. The Bi­ble tells us plainly, “Pre­pare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12, KJV).

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