A Minute with Mark – Father’s Day

images (4)It’s not quite the same. After all the build-up for the second Sunday in May, the third Sunday of June can feel a little bit like a letdown. Father’s Day became a recognized event soon after Mother’s Day was first celebrated, an attempt to appropriately honor the men who have had such influence in their children’s lives.

This Father’s Day won’t be a letdown to Dean Matthews and Jeremy Lucas. On June 16, they will both celebrate being dads for the first time. In time-honored tradition, someone should give these guys a bottle of Old Spice, a new tie, soap-on-a-rope, or maybe even a power tool.

I wish this Father’s Day would be a joyous occasion for every dad. It’s not all joy, though is it? We’re not perfect, far from it. Some have sired children but then abdicated. Some have been so devoted to career that they don’t even know their kids. Most of us want to be good dads, better dads. Some of us have sons who are now fathers. We’d like them to avoid the mistakes we’ve made but we know they have to figure it out.  We can offer advice (and we do), we can pray for them, we can encourage them. The world in which they are raising their children is different than the one we knew.

It has often been said that, as children, our first impression of our Heavenly Father is formed in our relationship with our earthly father. Talk about pressure! One wise man once wrote that the best gift a man can give his kids is to be a godly and loving husband.

Let’s check with the experts and see what our kids think about dads:

“Why did God make fathers?”

  • So there’d be somebody to take care of us when God was busy.
  • Somebody’s got to earn our allowance.

“Why did God give you your dad?”

  • God picked my dad out just for me because He has a very good sense of humor.
  • ‘Cause he looks just like me and my brothers.

“What was your dad like when he was a little boy?”

  • Did you ever see Dennis the Menace?

(From “Kids Say the Cutest Things about Dad” – Trade Life Books)

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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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