Make it a goal to build strong foundations for life

Published 8:43 am Thursday, February 25, 2021

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Billy Graham: Is it wrong to set goals and work hard to reach those goals? Some people have told me that God has a purpose for our lives and if that is true, why set our own goals? — G.S.

Dear G.S.: As human beings we should all be wise in planning for life, like getting a good education, preparing for marriage and a family, etc. In fact, Jesus commended the wise man who builds his house upon the rock instead of the sand (Matthew 7:24-26). He also asked the question, “For which of you, intending to build a tower [building], does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?” (Luke 14:28)
One of the dangers in taking advice is taking it out of context. The Psalmist reminds us, “The entirety of Your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160). Planning and worrying are two different things. When we worry, we are not trusting God for our futures, but the Bible does teach the importance of preparation.
The Bible does not look down on preparation, but the most important preparation we can do in this life is to prepare for the next life — eternity. Where will we spend it? There are only two choices — Heaven or Hell. There is nothing in between. Do not wait until death approaches because no one knows what a day may bring. Today is the time to prepare for the future life. What a magnificent thought, and Jesus Christ has paid the cost. Do not delay. Prepare to meet thy God, for He says, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Make it a goal to build strong foundations for life — foundations constructed from prayer and the truths of God’s Word.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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