In a recent article, Franklin Graham revealed that there was a time in his life when he and his father weren't very close. As is the case with many young men, Franklin wasn't as close to his father during his younger years as he was later in life.
According to Franklin, "I proved to be anything but what most people expected Billy Graham's son to be."
In a story printed at Charisma News, Franklin reveals that if it wasn't for a single moment spent with his father during his young adult years, his life might have turned out to be completely different.
After graduating from college in 1974, Franklin headed to Lausanne, Switzerland, to work at a conference that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was sponsoring for 2,500 evangelical leaders worldwide. During this time, Franklin was apparently suffering from emptiness and loneliness. Although a committed Christian, he hadn't yet made the intense commitment that eventually allowed him to follow in his father's footsteps as a popular evangelist for the Christian faith.
"My life was a mess," recalls Franklin, thinking back to his college years. "I was empty and lonely. During that conference, my mother and father wanted to take me to lunch to celebrate my 22nd birthday."
And so he went to lunch with his parents to a small Italian restaurant. After lunch, his father moved him aside and asked to walk with him down a private, nearby path.
"Franklin, your mother and I sensed there's a struggle going on in your life," Billy told his son. "You're going to have to make a choice either to accept Christ or reject Him. You can't continue to play the middle ground."
Billy Graham continued, "I want you to know we're proud of you, Franklin. We love you no matter what you do in life and no matter where you go. But you're going to have to make a choice."
Franklin writes that these words angered him, but they also pricked his conscience. He couldn't figure out how his father could sense the struggle that was going on inside of him.
"My father's words haunted me for several weeks until I finally gave up running from God and made that choice to accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior and turn my life over to him. I've never looked back or regretted my decision," recalls Franklin.
Twenty years later, Billy Graham asked his son to do something that would once again alter the course of his life. In short, Billy Graham asked his son to assume the day-to-day management of the organization that bears his name.
"I'm at least smart enough to know I could never fill Billy Graham's shoes, but I'm grateful he gave me an opportunity to help him finish his race on earth well, and to continue his life's work."
Evangelist Billy Graham, a guiding light to millions of American evangelicals, died on Wednesday morning. Graham was a popular American and international preacher and helped millions to convert to Christianity.
Graham passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to CNN.
According to CNN, Billy Graham evangelized more than 215 million people over his tremendous six decades of service to Christ. His voice was heard in 185 of the world's 195 countries, he reportedly helped an estimated 3 million people commit their lives to Christianity. He was one of the most dominant religious leaders of his era.
In recent years, however, Graham was in poor health and had turned his international ministry over to his son, Franklin Graham.
In recent news, a megachurch pastor just revealed why he is a Christian because of Billy Graham.