You’re going to wear that?

It’s time for true confession. Come on, Mark, you can do it. Take a deep breath and just spill it.

“I’m color blind. A little.”

Like a lot of guys, I have trouble with certain shades. I have been known to wear articles of clothing items that didn’t quite match. I have a color blind advisor. I have learned through painful trial and error that it is wiser to just ask: “Does this go with that?” Sometimes gently and sometimes with eye-rolls … okay, sometimes with guffaws, corrections have to be made. Some unfortunate fashion selections have been made with both color blindness and early morning darkness fighting against me. Only in the light of day and with keen observer commentary have I learned I should have just stayed home that morning.

I have learned a few things about what we wear:

  1. If you want to bring laughter into the lives of your children, pull out your high school yearbooks or your wedding pictures.
  2. If you don’t, burn those suckers.
  3. I cling to the hope that one day their children will laugh at them, too.
  4. I have learned the futility of believing that one day I will be able to wear that again.
  5. Whoever invented neck ties and panty hose came from the same torture chamber.
  6. Teenaged boys still don’t know how to pull their pants up.
  7. My philosophy about clothing has changed from what looks good to what feels good.
  8. I am now the old guy I used to make fun of.

It’s interesting to me that the Bible contains helpful hints about what we wear. Paul wrote to the Colossians: “So, chosen by God for this new life, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it” (Colossians 3:12-14, The Message).

How about that? Clothing that never goes out of style!

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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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