“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” – Bob Dylan. Or better put, a man is a success if he starts off his life and ends it and in between, he does what he is created to do.
So yesterday, Billy Graham, one of the greatest personalities of the 20th century died at age 99, just a couple of months to his 100th birthday. And no doubt, the world deemed him a success even before he bade farewell to the world.
Why? Because Billy was a man of purpose who did not only do what he wanted to do but did what he was born to do by focusing on his true purpose. Evangelism!
When Christ instructed in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” Billy Graham took him very serious. After all, Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences and in person than anyone else in the history of Christianity—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission.
In fact, according to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to “accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior”. As of 2008, Graham’s estimated lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion.
Billy Graham was called the Pastor to President as he was known for counseling U.S. presidents. He met with every sitting president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, most of whom he met ten or twenty or thirty years before they got anywhere near the White House. And as Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The secret of success is constancy to purpose,” despite his global fame and influence, Billy never found it demeaning to visit remote areas such as the African villages, the living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of the Middle East to mention a few.
He never owned a private jet or emphasized on controversial topics such as tithing and giving. He was clear about his major mandate. Salvation! And unlike other high-profile evangelists, Graham managed to escape sex and money scandals by keeping a meticulous watch over his staff and finances. “My greatest fear is that I’ll do something that will bring disrepute on the Gospel of Christ before I go,” Graham said in a 1991 interview.
Notwithstanding, Buddha once said, “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” Also, we cannot call a product a success until it has fulfilled the original purpose intended by the manufacturer. Hence, in explaining the true definition of success. You cannot tag yourself a success until you have fulfilled that which you were born to do.
So i urge you; Find your purpose, stay true to it and fulfill it. Henry Ford explained it this way, “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious” – Vince Lombardi