Andrew Carnegie said, “It marks a big step in your development, when you realise that other people can help you do a better job than you can do by yourself.” (After all, you can’t whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra!)
Your future is connected to certain people. Without them, your destiny will be incomplete. If you’re humble enough to accept that, your possibilities are unlimited.
A key player in the Billy Graham Association was his childhood friend, Grady Wilson. In 1948 Billy asked Grady to come and work with him. At first he said no. But Billy persisted: “God’s told me you’re to come and work with me. I need an evangelist; somebody who knows me and my ministry, somebody I can trust.”
“I didn’t want to come,” Wilson later recalled. “After all, I already had a successful ministry of my own holding citywide crusades.” But after praying he made the decision to follow Billy Graham (and God). He set aside his own dreams to be part of another man’s. That decision made a huge difference, not only in his life, but also in the lives of the multitudes they reached together until Grady Wilson’s death last year.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice a smaller dream in order to fulfil a bigger one. It takes both courage and humility to do that. But look at the results. Heaven alone knows the impact Grady Wilson and Billy Graham had together. And what was Wilson’s comment on his decision? “I never regretted it!”