Name that Tune

Did your graduating class have a commencement song? Was it “Climb Every Mountain” or “To Dream the Impossible Dream”? I’m dating myself, I know. We want our graduates to be inspired, to be ready for the next challenge, to rise to new heights, to soar on wings of eagles, to go where no man has gone before … okay, I’ll stop.

Great music does lift us. Great lives do, too. I have noticed that ‘great’ can be defined in interesting ways. Young people need role models, they need heroes. Where will they find them these days? The current crop of political types? The entertainment world? Sports stars?

I think they find them where we most likely did. Parents don’t raise their children perfectly, but they invest time and energy and resources and, most of all, love. There are teachers who have demanded more, seen something worth challenging. There are coaches, mentors, leaders who have pushed and trained and encouraged. There are people who will never make the headlines, never gain celebrity, or never seek credit who make the difference in life after life.

During this season of milestones, we celebrate with our young men and women who wear the cap and gown. But we also recognize and honor those who will be looking on, who helped to make the day possible, and who formed the chorus of cheers and lessons.

What song should you choose to express gratitude and blessing for the people who believed in you, who cherished you, who loved you enough to say ‘no’ … who held you close or held you accountable … who prayed over you and asked God to keep you safe?

Name that tune. Then sing it to the people who matter so much in your life.

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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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