Father’s Day

Yeah, I know. Compared to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is a single to a home run. Mother’s Day ranks just below Christmas and Easter, last year totaling 133 million cards (to 90 million for dads). People spent over $11 billion for moms, a little over $8 billion for dads. The president of the National Retail Federation said, “Dads tend to be more low-maintenance than mom. While moms love to receive luxury items such as jewelry or a trip to the spa, dads are happy with an afternoon barbecue or watching the ball game without distraction.

What about it guys? If that’s not enough, check out these texts:

Teen: “What time are you picking me up?”

Dad: “Who is this?”

Teen: “Your son.”

Dad: “How did you get this number?”

Teen: “I programmed your phone, remember?”

Dad: “How do I delete people?”

 

Mom: “Your father is driving me crazy. When are you coming home?”

Teen: “I’m out with friends so not til late.”

Mom: “It’s OK. I put Ambien in his tea. He won’t be annoying me much longer.”

 

Teen: “Hey!”

Dad: “Aren’t you supposed to be at school?”

Teen: “Aren’t you supposed to be at work?”

Dad: “Touché.”

 

Teen: “Happy 49th, Dad! I love you so much!”

Dad: “It’s 48! You ruined my day.”

 

Mom: “Come downstairs and talk to me please.”

Teen: “Isn’t Dad there?”

Mom: “Yes, but I like you more.”

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, right? Reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield: “I get no respect.”  Truth is, it’s an honor to be a dad. While there are no perfect dads around, I can look around and see a great number of men who take their roles as fathers very seriously. My brothers and I were privileged to have a godly dad who provided a great example of how a husband should love his wife and a father should love his children. He’s been gone twenty years this year and we still miss him. I’d love to pick up the phone and seek his counsel and wisdom. He was always there for me.

Father’s Day might not be a big deal to everyone, but I hope that if you still have your dad, give him some respect, show him your love. If you are a dad, turn to your Father for wisdom. Love your kids, lead your kids, bless your kids. Happy Father’s Day!

 

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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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