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A Message from Billy Graham...The Cure for the Anxious Heart

Posted March 18th, 2009 at 6:34am by lifesfun
A Message by Billy Graham
The Cure for the Anxious Heart
Historians will probably call our era “the age of anxiety.” Though we have it easier than our forefathers, we have more uneasiness.

by Billy Graham

Inwardly we are more anxious. Callused hands were the badge of the pioneers, but a furrowed brow is the insignia of modern men and women.

Our chief concern is physical and temporal. Vast numbers of people actually believe that if we all have food, shelter, clothing, education and recreational facilities we will have attained utopia. Many of our statesmen, much of our literature and most of our commercial advertising support this utterly false view. Television advertisements lead us to believe that the greatest catastrophe that could come upon a man would be to have a five o’clock shadow or yellow teeth.

Inwardly we are more anxious. Callused hands were the badge of the pioneers, but a furrowed brow is the insignia of modern men and women.

Our chief concern is physical and temporal. Vast numbers of people actually believe that if we all have food, shelter, clothing, education and recreational facilities we will have attained utopia. Many of our statesmen, much of our literature and most of our commercial advertising support this utterly false view. Television advertisements lead us to believe that the greatest catastrophe that could come upon a man would be to have a five o’clock shadow or yellow teeth.

This undue emphasis upon the importance of the body—and the neglect of more important issues—has made us more concerned with the accommodations of life’s journey than with its destination.

Modern men and women have fled to ivory towers and there, surrounded by luxuries and gadgets, they hide from reality, from their conscience and from God. But they are hounded by the feeling that they are not the people they ought to be, that they are not living the life they ought to live, and that “life [is] more important than food, and the body more important than clothes” (Matthew 6:25).

Modern men and women have tried to fill the vacuum of their empty souls with things that have proved inadequate to satisfy their deeper longings and hungers. External luxury is a cheap substitute for spiritual wholeness.

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