How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

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As the landing wheels of our airplane hit the ground at Midway Airport, John’s phone started to blow up with texts. Billy Graham had just died. John’s team began scrambling to provide tech support for a press conference at Wheaton College. You can see it here:

On the way home from the airport, I read aloud a Christianity Today article about this remarkable man. You can read it and several other articles here:

That evening, NBC news played a clip of an interview with Rev. Graham in which he said, “I would like to be remembered as a person who was faithful to God and faithful to my call and did it with integrity and with love.“  I would say that he succeeded in that goal, wouldn’t you? Remarkable!

“I want to be remembered as a man of integrity.”-2

All of this reading and reflecting on the life of Rev. Billy Graham has made me think about how intentionally he lived his life and how he kept his eyes on Jesus. How I long to do the same! I’ve found myself turning Rev. Graham’s words into a prayer: “Dear God, help me to be faithful to you and faithful to my call and do it with integrity and love.” Join me in this prayer?

Grateful for you! Cheering you on in this connected life with all its bumps.




4 thoughts on “How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

  1. Teresa

    Yes, I saw another national news broadcast and a large portion was devoted to excerpts from crusade sermons, interviews, and comments from people whose lives he touched. The gospel was clearly shared–wonderful legacy.

  2. Linda W.

    Great post, Afton. I get teary eyed thinking about the welcome he received in heaven after so many years of faithful service.

    I love the prayer at the end!

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