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"I am Miserable as . . . " by Rev. Weldon Bares

I read Billy Graham’s autobiography several years ago. It is entitled, “Just As I Am.” In the book, he talked about going on vacation to a small island in the Caribbean.

A wealthy man had invited Billy and his wife to come to his home for lunch. The man was seventy-five years old. All during the meal, he had tears in his eyes.

He finally said, “Billy, I am the most miserable man in the world. Out there is my yacht. I can go anywhere that I want to. I have my private plane, my helicopters. I have everything I want to make my life happy, but yet, I am miserable as hell.”

One day Jesus asked a simple, but profound question, “What shall it profit someone to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8: 36)

We sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that financial strength is the most important thing in the world. Or social standing. Or political influence. Or athletic success. Or good looks. When it’s all said and done, we finally discover that we have been “chasing the wind,” as the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote about. (Ecclesiastes 2:11)

Our faith points to Christ who said, “I have come that they might have life, life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10) He is the one who said, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)

May the question of Jesus really make us stop for a minute today and to think. “What shall it profit someone to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”


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