DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: When my grandfather died, he willed the old family Bible to me (we have a large family, and none of us got much of value). I dont know what to do with it. Its too big for me to read (although I know he read it every day), and the language is very old-fashioned. Why keep it? I guess Im not a very sentimental person. M.G.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR M.G.: I hope you wont thoughtlessly throw this Bible away or sell it to someone with no connection to your family. It might not mean anything to you right now, but once its gone your descendants will have lost an important link to their heritage.
After all, you may not be a sentimental person about your family, but some of your children or grandchildren may be. Remember, too, that old family Bibles often contain information (usually in the front) about the family that you wont want to lose. If you arent interested in keeping it, you might see if someone else in your extended family is.
Its possible, I know, for us to make too much of our family heritage; some people do, often in a prideful way. But we also can learn from those whove gone before us and I pray this will be the case with you. From what you say, your grandfather loved the Bible and read it every day and he did so, Im sure, because he knew it is Gods Word. Through it, we learn about God and the salvation he offers to us through Jesus Christ.
May you learn from his example, by committing yourself to Jesus Christ and building your life on his word, the Bible. The Bible says, One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts (Psalm 145:4).
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