Paying tribute to fathers
    June 3 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    How would you respond if you were asked to name the most responsible job in America? As I think about significant positions in life, I think about all the responsibility that is required for a father and a mother to be good parents. God entrusts parents to love, nurture, develop and prepare their children for embracing their future.
    On June 15, people across our nation will pay tribute to fathers in America. We will utilize this special day to express love and appreciation for the fathers who have loved us and provided for our needs throughout our lives.
    I believe that most men who are fathers want to be a positive influence with their children, even if they have failed as a father. It is possible to come back and be this influence for your family – the Bible reveals that even some godly men in history failed as fathers. Fatherhood is not easy, but God can empower men and equip them to be good fathers and godly leaders in their homes. It is possible to overcome past failures and become the spiritual leader your family needs. Our heavenly Father is a God of grace and forgiveness – He is willing to grant you the gift of another chance and transform your life.
    On May 8, Gloria and I were blessed to attend the funeral service of Dr. Gene Watterson, a friend we have known and loved for many years. It was a beautiful, Christ-exalting worship service that paid tribute to a life well lived for the glory of God. Gene served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Shelby for 26 years and pastored churches in Virginia and Florida. In past years, he was influential in the work of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, serving as president of the Council of Christian Higher Education, first vice president of the Convention and later president of the Convention. Watterson was a great preacher, a wonderful pastor and a man who was passionate about sharing Christ with almost anyone who would listen.
    I was impressed and challenged during the funeral service by the comments that were shared by many who loved and deeply respected Gene. I was most impressed as I listened to his adult son, daughter and grandchildren share beautiful stories that illustrated Gene’s influence on each family member. What a tribute they paid to a great father, and what a positive, powerful influence Gene had on his family. I have no doubt that the influence of this godly father will pass from one generation to another, and that God’s kingdom will advance because an imperfect father loved a perfect Savior and made himself available to be used of God for the benefit of others.
    … know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts …” 1 Chronicles 28:9
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