Writing a will can reveal our fear of death

02/13/2014 4:00 PM

02/15/2014 7:07 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Our children want us to draw up a will, but we aren’t wealthy, and we think they can sort things out once we’re gone. Why should we bother? — N.S.


Even if you aren’t wealthy, dying without a legal will can only cause problems for your spouse and children. It’s also wise to let your wishes be known concerning other matters, such as who will make medical decisions for you if you become disabled.

The Bible urges us to do everything “in a fitting and orderly way,” and I believe this applies to every area of our lives, including this one (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Sometimes our real problem is that we don’t want to face these issues because we don’t want to admit that someday we will die. Could this be true of you? If so, the most important step you will ever take is to face your need of God, and commit your life to Jesus Christ. Because of him, the Bible says, “we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2, NKJV).

Be grateful for the life God has given you, but most of all, be grateful that this life is not all, but ahead of us is heaven.


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