The Best I Can

Whenever you asked him how he was doing, his response was always the same: “The best I can.” As I write this on a Tuesday morning, L.C. Robinson slipped away. He was born December 29, 1918. He didn’t make it to his 96th birthday. He will spend Christmas in Heaven, surrounded by those who couldn’t wait to welcome him home.

L.C. was not a tall man. In fact, he was pretty short. Have you ever heard of a short giant? He was your man. A quiet, strong encourager, L.C. Robinson displayed integrity and faithfulness through a character shaped by his relationship with Christ. Not one to complain as life became more challenging and limiting, he just did “the best I can.” He never wanted to miss coming to Bible study and worship. He loved his church and he blessed his church again and again.

If there was ever a convincing example of pressing on, L.C. Robinson would fit the mold. He may have been short in stature, but I looked up to him and give God praise for the gift of such a giant.

During this season of the year we are reminded of our blessings. No blessing comes without an accompanying opportunity and responsibility. How do we respond to a loving God who is generous, gracious, and giving? We are most like Him when we reflect those characteristics in the way we live … not just in the way we give.


In our busy church life, we normally just move on to the next event or emphasis. I look back over my shoulder to express appreciation for a great weekend. There were plenty of God-moments to celebrate: Excellent teaching and preaching from Doug Dortch – Faithful leaders who attended our “All In” leadership retreat – A wonderful time of worship with great music and the opportunity to bless a young family as they dedicated their son – An exciting time of fun and fellowship made possible by an amazing team of staff and lay leaders on Sunday night. I could go on and probably should, but I am grateful we serve together.

Be in your place this Sunday in your Covenant Group, for worship, for lunch, and for the quarterly conference that will feature the Year Three Strategic Plan proposal. Remember, we will be in the Peachtree Room for worship, the meal, and the conference.



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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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