Forty years ago Bev Shea was attending the Bible School in
Ottawa (Ontario) where I was teaching. He loved to sing. After more
training in New York City he was given an audition at one of the radio
stations and was offered a contract.
He asked that he might sing Gospel songs. He was told that he might
use one occasionally, but he would have to use the songs on the Hit
What would he do? His mother was praying.
On Saturday night she placed a poem on the piano. In the morning he
composed a tune for it. One verse was: Id rather have Jesus than
silver and gold: Id rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; Id rather
be true to His holy Name!
Bev turned down the contract.
A short time later he was offered a position with a Chicago radio
station where he might use the Gospel songs he loved. While there he
met Billy Graham.
- Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing
thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the
cross, and follow me.