June is not only the month that heralds in the summer – traditionally it is the beginning of vacations and great SoCal outings. June also hosts some pretty significant events and traditions that have long been celebrated like Father’s Day, graduations and weddings!
First, let’s take a quick look at how and why Father’s Day came about. Prior to 1910, there was no official Father’s Day until the governor of Washington made the proclamation that July 19th would be the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” We dads would argue that we never really needed an official Dad’s Day, but we appreciate the gesture. If I had to answer the question, “What does America need most to survive, or be revived?” I would have to say that America needs totally committed, firm, loving, wise, caring dads; men to lead their wives and kids in the things that matter – family, education, and being the spiritual example in the home.
Second, what would June be without graduations? Our once remarkable, almost miraculous, daily American ingenuity and productivity catapulted this nation beyond what any other had ever done. The American graduation became our own rite of passage. Traditionally, it was when a boy took on the mantle of a man or when a girl dawned the calling of a woman. After years of acquiring knowledge, exercising debate, and discovering truth – students move on from the classroom to being a citizen, no longer living in a theory, but now experiencing reality – when what was learned is now tested against what is and what works. It’s a powerful moment and one that I hope is filled with great hope and optimism.
Last, but absolutely not least, is the fact that June is “the wedding month.” Of the 6,300 weddings that take place in the U.S. daily, 11% take place in June. Over 80% will take place in a church, and the majority of honeymooners select Hawaii as their retreat.
As a Pastor for more than 25 years, much of my counseling is dedicated to couples who are seeking to end their marriages. The emotions are high and the stakes are even higher. If America needs good dads and contributing grads, America needs healthy marriages. After all these years, my word of advice to a “husband- and wife-to-be” is this – love God most and your spouse second. The most joyful, meaningful, productive and happy marriages that I have seen are those where God is at the center. Statistically, marriages that succeed and weather life’s challenges are those where couples read the Bible, pray, and serve together in a local church. You can always trust a man or woman who loves God more than all others.
Happy June, and enjoy the rest of your life!
Pastor Jack Hibbs, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills