The Word — Do you know where you are going?

Published 10:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2022

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I read a story this past week that I feel needs to be shared. The story was about Billy Graham. In January of 2000, leaders from Charlotte, North Carolina invited Billy Graham to a luncheon in his honor. Graham was at first hesitant to accept this invitation due to complications he was having from Parkinson’s disease, however, was persuaded and agreed to attend.

As most of those events go, numerous things were said in compliments of all Graham had done during his life and much appreciation was gladly shown this amazing man of God. Finally, Graham was allowed to say something so he stepped to the podium and his speech went something like this:

“I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of each passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his other pocket. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat by him. He couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’ Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry. I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’ Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.’”

Having said that Billy Graham continued, “See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My wife, my children, and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this: I not only know who I am, I also know where I’m going. (https:// www.trinityevangelicallcms. com/bulletin3950.htm).

How about you?

Rev. J. Cameron Bailey is pastor of Kenbridge Christian Church. He can be reached at