Where Did All the Perfect Families Go?

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 “I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'” – Billy Graham

 

We all know there are no perfect families. Adam and Eve, the couple with the best opportunity to earn a perfect score, couldn’t do it. They wound up law breakers and evicted from their home. One of their sons eventually murdered his brother. Not even close to perfect. You’ll have a difficult time finding examples of any perfect families in the Bible.

With Billy Graham’s earthly journey now complete, there is rightly a lot of reflection and honor being given to his remarkable life. I consider Billy Graham one of the greatest men of all time, and personally put him up there near the Apostle Paul.

As great as God made Billy, he was far from perfect. As a husband and dad, he gave priority to his work and spent most of his time away from his wife and children. It took a toll on his family. Some of his children struggled with drugs and alcohol. Three of five children suffered through divorces. Understandably, plenty of imperfections.

Billy Graham’s life is a reminder to me of how God uses imperfect people with imperfect families for his perfect purpose. Billy gave his life to sharing the message of the saving grace of Jesus Christ because Jesus is the only One who can save and heal the world from its sin and imperfections. I’m glad God used and continues to use the less-than-perfect Graham family. And so are the millions of mothers, fathers and children that Billy reached for Christ.

Don’t be discouraged by your family’s faults. God can and will overcome those imperfections for his purpose as you continue to commit yourself and your family to him.

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