Thank you, Billy, for "The 10 Things I Want When I Get to Heaven"

Rev. Billy Graham
Rev. Billy Graham | Source

When I was twelve years of age, my most-favorite place was in our living room. That’s where my most-favorite household appliance was located. I am talking about the “Electronic Babysitter,” the “One-eyed Monster,”: Our television set.


Parental controls had not been invented yet, but my parents’ stern words of advice were well intact. I knew what I could and could not watch.


Now realistically, in 1965, was was there really to watch on black and white television that was racy, steamy and high in sexual suggestive tones?
Not much. Sadly, for me, not much.

A typical Billy Graham Crusade.
A typical Billy Graham Crusade. | Source

But all was not lost for my curious mind and thought processes. I wasn’t a dangerous kid. Nor was I a member of any secret anti-American cult. I was just a normal pre-teen living in rural Alabama. That pretty much sums up my lie at that stage.


One night something really strange happened to me. And it had nothing to do with the Cold War, rebellion against the United States, or dabbling into the strange, new drug scene.
My strange occurrence came in the form of a tall gent named Billy Graham. Yes, Reverend Billy Graham, “America’s preacher.” That Billy Graham who had carried the Gospel to all corners of the earth and throughout the United States so many times that his staff had lost count.


Yes, that Billy Graham who all presidents of our country trusted in times of crises and peace. That Billy Graham whose words and vernacular caused the coldest of hearts to pay attention.


At first word, I loved him. I mean at that age, I wasn’t into religion that much except attending church with my parents occasionally, but Billy Graham stood for more than just religion. He was real, honest, and human. And he openly-admitted that he was a sinner in need of Jesus everyday of his life.

Father and son. Franklin Graham, son, left, and his dad, Rev. Billy Graham.
Father and son. Franklin Graham, son, left, and his dad, Rev. Billy Graham. | Source

What’s this? An honest preacher. I was hooked instantly.


In his powerful sermon he talked mostly about Heaven and what all believers in Christ might expect upon arrival. Graham didn’t chatter that much about Hell. I understood that. Who needs to hear about a place that serves perpetual torment?


“In Heaven,” Graham stated. “All of the things you didn’t get to have or enjoy in (this) life, will be waiting for you there. God planned it that way,” he added.

I was instantly-hooked. Again.


Rev. Graham did in-fact, go into some elaboration on seeing and being able to talk to Jesus, The Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit; The pearly gates --twelve in all; the street of gold; the legions of Holy angels and such beauty, these mortal eyes have never beheld.


This was breath-taking to a 12-year-old, and it still is to this now-60-year-old, but after his telecast went off the air, I went to my bedroom, grabbed my trusty Nifty (a trusted brand name in notebooks), and wrote down the “10 Things I Want To Have When I Get To Heaven.”
To save time, these are those things I wrote on that list in 1965, and the list is still current today in 2013.

1.) All of the fresh black coffee I can drink


2.) A simple log cabin with two rooms that my wife and I can live in and enjoy our lives in Heaven.


3.) Every Friday at noon, a gentle rain that kisses the tin roof of my cabin.


4.) All of my pets that I lost in (this) life. Tramp, Baby Dog, Pensie, Sandy, Buddy, Frank, Button my dogs. Buttermilk, Queenie, Front Page, Fozzie and Pepper, my cats and my daughter’s cats. Oh, our daughter will only visit with my wife and I.


5.) My three grandkids and my daughter and son-in-law to drop in to share with my wife and I about their adventures, joy and successes while on earth.


6.) Forests that run ner our log cabin for firewood that I can cut for that time my wife and I can cuddle near the fireplace and talk about our time on earth.


7.) A crisp fall night just one night every two weeks to remind us how nice fall was on earth.


8.) All of our true old friends we had on earth.


9.) All of my Followers I had on HubPages while I lived on earth.


10.) An angel or two to drop by for visits with my wife and I, and give me flying lessons and I don’t mean in a Cessna four-passenger plane.


These are my 10 things I look forward to having when I enter Heaven.


When I hit the “publish” button in a minute, I am going to send it on to Heaven so God, the power-that-be can be getting a headstart in preparing my things.
Wonder if He will give me extra points for showing Him this personal courtesy?

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Interesting hub Kenneth. I remember seeing Billy Graham on the news a few times. I think he actually came to Australia once. I do think giving God a list of things you'd like to have in Heaven is a good idea though. If he accepts yours let me know and I'll write my list as well. Well done.


Debra 2 years ago

I really like your article!


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Gypsy Willow 2 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Good luck with that!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Concerning the things you want in heaven, my grandmother would have said to you, "If you still have those desires when you get to heaven, you'll have them." Pleasant read and I share your love of Billy!


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catgypsy 2 years ago from the South

What a wonderful hub and I love the things you want! Sounds good to me!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Your list is one that I would totally look forward to in heaven. I do hope we all get to meet there as well. Billy Graham is such an inspirational leader and has great faith. Pushed all the buttons on this post!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I will whole-heartedly "AMEN" all the items on your list and borrow most of them for a list of my own. Got to go work on it right now!

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