I have a plaque hanging on my office wall that
"In appreciation and affection, the editors and
production associates of 21st Century
Christian Magazine honor Billie Wesley Silvey
for 24 years of excellence in Christian
1971-1978 Editorial Assistant
1978-1995 Associate Editor
Your unique contribution in writing, editing
and production has lifted the level of
professionalism in spreading the Word.
M. Norvel Young Jim Bill McInteer"
It represents the time we lived on 79th Street
across the street from Pepperdine's Los
Angeles campus. I was a working mother,
working out of my house every day and going
out to Pepperdine's Malibu campus once a
week to work with Helen Young on the
magazine and on the book we were
co-writing on Time Management for Christian
Working with Helen Young allowed me to
observe a woman of great spirituality as she
responded to the demands of everyday life
and the stress of time.
My time with Helen was limited, and I was
eager to make the best use of it from the time
I hit the front door until I left two or three hours
Helen was not so singleminded. She'd stop
for phone calls--from widows who needed
someone to talk with, from grandchildren
who just wanted to say "Hi" to Honey (their
name for her, taken from what their
grandfather called her).
The name fit. She was sweet as honey, and
we all wanted a part of her--discouraged
Billie (left) working with Helen
Young on their book, Time
Management for Christian
missionaries, homesick foreign
She may not have seemed professional to
me at my most professionally earnest, but
she was practicing the lessons we both were
writing about in our time management
book--taking time for the important things.
Helen and I are very different people. She
once told me that she'd like to have more of
my honesty, while I, realizing how much
trouble honesty can get you into, recognized
my need for her kindness and diplomacy.
We had differing views of a woman's place.
While we both recognized the importance of
using our gifts and valued our marriages
highly, she used her gifts to support her
husband Norvel in his work, while my
husband Frank's job wasn't really something
we could do together.
We also had different approaches to time
use. While I was more like Martha, using
time in the most practical way, she, like
Mary, almost automatically went for the
The older I've grown, the more I've come to
appreciate her approach. I'm learning to
slow down and value other people more.
Although I may not be able to be as much like
her as I'd like, I'm glad we were able to share
that time together and that we have always
shared a strong desire to yield ourselves to
God for his purposes.