Reflection by MELISSA H.
Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:
Billy Graham is a Christian evangelist. Graham has preached to more people in the world than any other preacher. He is a very inspirational speaker who loves the Lord deeply.
As many people know the world is changing quickly and has dramatically since Billy was a young kid. He wishes he could stay alive and be around to see how the world progresses, but since he is 80 years old he won’t be around much longer.
Billy Graham gave this talk in 1998, but was released on the TED website in 2008. Since the talk, twelve years have passed so obviously many things have changed in this world. Both religion and technology have progressed to good things.
The Bible says all the problems in the world today are within us, within out hearts and souls. Many people do not know our Creator, God. If you don’t know him or are separated from him, you won’t be able to have your soul restored. Only God can fix this.
“Your soul is that part of you that yearns for meaning in life, and which seeks for something beyond this life. It’s the part of you that yearns really for God.”
I think this is a really powerful statement. Graham talks about if you don’t know God, then how are you really suppose to live? Even if we do have faith we sometimes hesitate about what we really know. The most asked questions Billy gets when he talks to colleges are these:
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going?
- What’s life all about?
These are the hardest questions to ask and most definitely the most confusing and hard to answer. It is all based off of God. God is the one who put you here for a reason, so make it worth living because he died or you.
Death is inevitable. Inevitable is defined as unable to be avoided or escaped. If we all know this, then why do we try to run from it?
Running from death isn’t going to make it go away or prolong it, God already knows the day we’re going to die. People need to quit living life so cautiously and live life to the fullest because you never know when it’s going to be your last day or your when your last breath is. It is never to late to be saved by Christ. One day you will be face-to-face with him, so wouldn’t you want to live a life both you and Him would be proud of?