DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Recently, our teacher asked us to write an essay on what we wanted to do in life, and I didn’t know what to say. What would you have said you wanted to be when you were my age (I’m in eighth grade)? — C.H.
DEAR C.H.: When I was your age, I probably would have been just as clueless as you say you were! I had a vague desire to be a baseball player, but that was more a daydream than a realistic goal.
All this changed when I committed my life to Jesus Christ in high school. A visiting evangelist had come to our town, and some friends and I went to hear him, although I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. Night after night, he preached about the seriousness of sin, and the love that God had shown us by sending his son into the world to die for our sins. One night, I responded to his invitation to receive Christ, and from that moment on my life would never be the same.
What difference did Christ make? Instead of living only for myself, I now realized the most important thing in life was living for Christ — seeking his will, living according to his word, being guided by his spirit. The Bible’s words became my goal: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ.… Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2).
The most important decision you’ll ever make is your decision about Christ. God loves you, and he wants to guide you and show you his will. By a simple prayer of faith ask Christ to come into your life to forgive your sins and make you his child forever. He changed my life, and he’ll change yours, as well. Give your life to him today.
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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