Last week it was announced that Billy Graham had died at the age of 99 after suffering illness for some time. As most people will know, Billy Graham was a mass evangelist who held tent crusades throughout the world. Over a period of nearly 70 years, he held in excess of 400 crusades, preaching to nearly 300 million people. Coming from a poor farming background, he remained true to his calling to evangelise.
Those of you who follow my The Dorset Rambler blog will know that I have recently been to Kolkata where I visited, amongst other things, The Mother House which is where Mother Teresa set up her work amongst the poor. Her work was very much on a one to one basis as she spent her whole life tending the sick and destitute people who lived in the slums. She owned virtually nothing, believing that she should not not have more than those whom she sought to serve. Although with the growth of the Missionaries of Charity organisation, her role by necessity changed, she never left her original calling to serve in a ‘hands on’ way at a grass roots level.
Two very different people, one a mass evangelist and friend of presidents, and one with a servant heart, tending the outcasts of society one to one. One preached to masses, the other spoke predominantly one to one. They both followed their callings for their whole lives and served one God, but in very different ways.
Now, I’m not a Billy Graham, and I’m not a Mother Teresa, but then God didn’t call me to be either of them, he called me to be me – and no-one can be me better than me! No-one can be you better than you! Our role in life is not necessarily to be a world evangelist nor a worker amongst the most poverty stricken. My role is to be the best me that I can be in the place where I am right now, and your role is to be the best you that you can be, right where you are now……and to leave God to do the rest
Some may well become great preachers, or maybe move to the remotest parts of the world, or whatever, but at this moment, just be the best that you can be, right where you are, and only you and God will know what that means!
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