From the time I opened the book Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well by Billy Graham in 2012, I was unable to put it down! The book is about life, faith and finishing well…a subject well lived by Billy Graham. In this beautiful book written at age 92, Billy examines his purpose and path towards eternity. As I read the book I immediately thought of family members I would share the book with. Not willing to let go of my own copy- because I love it so much- I’m going to need a few more copies to pass along to others. This month I decided to re-read the book because I enjoyed it so much.
Billy writes about life lessons and aging. You don’t need to be a retired senior citizen to enjoy the book. In fact, you should read it now and find encouragement for your future. In the chapter on retirement, Billy Graham writes “See your retirement as a gift from God. Retirement isn’t something that just happens if you life long enough, and it isn’t even a reward for your years of hard work; it is a gift from God. Once you understand this, you’ll approach retirement differently.” He suggests that seniors need to teach younger generations and share their wisdom, while at the same time learning from today’s youth. He writes “No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others.” According to Billy Graham, “retirement provides us the opportunity to spend more time doing God’s work, serving others in the name of the Lord.”
Getting old is not just about retirement and physical ailments, it’s about our continuing relationship with God. In the book Nearing Home, Billy Graham also shares guidelines for managing money, planning your will, and planning your future. My favorite expression is “when youth fades” as he describes the effects of age on physical beauty. In a very tender moment, he shares his own grief after the passing of his wife Ruth.
I’d recommend reading this book at any age or stage of life. Billy Graham writes with eloquence and his words will imprint a lasting message on your mind. His book has been on the bestseller list for some time, so if you’ve had a chance to read Nearing Home please share your comments below.
10 Quotes from Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well #TweetThis
The Bible doesn’t hide the negative side of getting older—nor should we. Billy Graham
Scripture is filled with examples of men and women whom God used late in life, often with great impact. Billy Graham
The mirror doesn’t lie, but I can smile into it because my dim eyesight camouflages my wrinkles. Billy Graham
There is much the young can learn from those who have traveled the distance. Billy Graham
I have never heard the voice of the Lord audibly, but the Lord has spoken to me many times throughout my life. Billy Graham
If I had to summarize in one word the changes that come over us as we grow older, I’d probably have to use the word decline. Billy Graham
Your strength may fade, but He is the One who will lift you up and help you stand strong in your weakness. Billy Graham
We are never alone if we know Christ; He lives within us by His Spirit. Billy Graham
As the old grow older, we are more likely to forget what it was to be young and impressionable. Billy Graham
Our greatest impact on others often comes not from what we say but from what we do. Billy Graham
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