Set your mind on heaven more than earth.  Know that you can endure any type of service – no matter how difficult – if you stay more focused on God, who called you to it, than on the situation itself. Be gutsy, willing to go wherever God calls you.


Always be prepared to share your faith.  Realize that you could meet people who need encouragement at any moment.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you at all times so you can recognize when you need to reach out to others with the gospel – and how to do so in each situation.


Build your life on the right foundation.  Don’t rely on good works to get you into heaven.  Know that faith in Christ is the only thing you can count on eternally.  Put your faith, trust and security in Him alone.


Live in a state of expectancy.  Remember that you can’t know in advance when you will die or when Christ will return.  Determine to live each day as well as if it were your last, doing all you can to love God and other people.


Don’t limit God.  Recognize that your Creator is infinitely creative.  Know that just because something has never been done before doesn’t mean that you can’t do it if God is calling you to do it.  Step out in faith and try, trusting that God will help you.

Adapted from Living Beyond the Limits, copyright 2000 by Franklin Graham.  Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN,      


An avid outdoorsman and pilot, Franklin Graham is president and chairman of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization that provides help to people in more than 100 countries worldwide.  He also serves as CEO, president, and first vice-chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  He is the author of the best-selling autobiography, Rebel with a Cause, the children’s book, Miracle in a Shoebox, and Bob Pierce: This One Thing I Do.   Graham lives with his wife and children in Boone, North Carolina.