November 22                                         Day 327

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians


Lost Opportunities

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In his autobiography, “Just As I Am,” Billy Graham tells about a conversation he had with John F. Kennedy shortly after his election:

On the way back to the Kennedy house, the president-elect stopped his car and turned towards me, “Do you believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?” he asked. “I most certainly do.‘” “Well, does my church believe it?” “They have it in their creeds.” I answered. “They don’t preach it,” he said. “They don’t tell us much about it. I’d like to know what you think.” I explained what the Bible said about Christ coming the first time, dying on the Cross; rising from the dead, and then promising that he would come back again. “Only then,” I said, “are we going to have permanent world peace.'” “Very interesting,” he said, looking away, “we’ll have to talk more about that someday.” And he drove on.

Several years later, the two met again at the 1963 National Prayer Breakfast. “I had the flu,” Graham remembers. “After I gave my short talk, and he gave his, we walked out of the hotel to his car together, as was our custom.” At the curb, he turned to me. “Billy, could you ride back to the White House with me? I’d like to see you for a minute.‘” “Mr. President, I’ve got a fever,” I protested. “Not only am I weak, but I don’t want to give you this thing. Couldn’t we wait and talk some other time?” It was a cold, snowy day, and I was freezing as I stood there without my overcoat. “Of course.” he said graciously. But the two would never meet again. Later that year, Kennedy was shot dead. Graham comments, “His hesitation at the car door, and his request, haunt me still. What was on his mind? Should I have gone with him? It was an irrecoverable moment.”

I got a phone call from an old friend this past week. He was headed back to California from Washington for the funeral of his cousin who had passed away at 54. He told me that this visit back home will be the first time that he gets to visit his mom and dad’s grave since they passed on a few years ago. He paused for a moment and said, “Always, always tell your mom that you love her!”

We never know when a person close to us will hear the words, “This day thy soul is required of thee.” Statistics say that there is a 30% chance that someone you know will die in the next five years. You never know how long you will have those you hold dear to your heart. Never be afraid to share Christ with them, it may be their last time to hear the Gospel. Your greatest legacy will be those who live eternally because of our efforts.


Words to Think About…



Louis Pasteur, the pioneer of immunology, lived at a time when thousands of people died each year of rabies. Pasteur had worked for years on a vaccine. Just as he was about to begin experimenting on himself, a 9-year-old, Joseph Meister, was bitten by a rabid dog. The boy’s mother begged Pasteur to experiment on her son. Pasteur injected Joseph for ten days — and the boy lived. Decades later, of all the things Pasteur could have had etched on his headstone, he asked for three words: JOSEPH MEISTER LIVED!

Everyday we step on chords that vibrate throughout eternity. – Charles Finney