Nov 7, 2013

'A lonely arena in the depths of your heart'

Billy Graham turns 95 today. 

From one of his many, many sermons, at a crusade in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1986: 
Oh yes. There's pleasure in sin for a short time. But it's soon over. The hangover comes. And there's nothing you can do about it. It's going to be there. 
Choose Christ, and there'll never be a hangover except joy and peace.
And it's an urgent decision, because to delay makes the right decision harder. Indecision in itself is a choice. 
Not to decide is to decide not to.  
If you have a ticket for a flight to Atlanta tonight and can't decide whether to go or not, if you wait past the departure time, the choice will have been made. The plane will take off without you. Decisions are made whether we make them or not.  
Time decides if you will not. 
And Time always decides against you.  
There's a lonely arena in the depths of your heart where the greatest battle of life must be fought alone. That's your decision about Christ. Your parents can't make it for you. The church can't make it for you. Your friends can't make it for you. Your girlfriend, your boyfriend can't make it for you. You have to make it yourself. 
And you must decide tonight.