Along the Journey – Without Regrets

churchill-giving-quote1A man was touring the campus where he had given considerable sums. Several of the buildings bore his name. He had made a fortune in the oil business and he decided it would be a good idea to help out his old university. Writing those checks gave him a great deal of satisfaction at the time.

Now things were different … so different. His business had tanked – bad investments, failed partnerships, lousy economy – he had grown too fast, trusted too many people, made too many hasty decisions. He was broke.

As he walked among the students, he listened as the school president waxed eloquent about future plans and capital needs. The administrator had no idea that his largest donor was tapped out. Finally the man stopped the presentation and told the president the truth and watched as the blood in the man’s face seemed to drain.

After a moment of awkward silence, the president in a much weaker voice offered,  “I guess you wish that you had the money back that you spent here.”

“No,” the man responded. “If I still had all that money, I would have lost it, too. This money is safe. The money is even now building something of great value. It’s building lives. It’s helping to provide education for all these young people. Letting it go was the best thing I ever did.”

The man didn’t regret giving. We shouldn’t either. At Wieuca, we are building lives. You know our motto: “Connecting People, Changing Lives” We’re about investments around here. I will never regret giving to a gracious God who has blessed me so.

By the way, there’s a happy ending to the man’s story. He began to rebuild his business and was able to recoup most of his losses. He even reached a point where he could give enough for a new student center at his old school. He didn’t regret that either!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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