I’m studying to give a series of talks on the life and ministry of Billy Graham. Here’s a bit of a commencement speech he delivered in 1997 at a small college in Florida. Perhaps it will help you face whatever you have going on in your family, your work, your life right now. It certainly helps me.

I urge each of you to invest your lives, not just spend them. Each of us is given the exact same amount of seconds, minutes, and hours per day as anyone else. The difference is how we redeem our allotted time. . . . You cannot count your days, but you can make your days count.

Cited in Grant Wacker, America’s Pastor, 275.