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Growing up I was no different than many other kids. Some things I got right, and other things, I messed up royally. [In my mind], my parents didn’t know what they were talking about on most things and I acted on that thought. I learned the hard way as a result. Why I didn’t just trust that they knew, rather than having to pay so much in “bought sense” I suppose is called the process of maturation?

The real truth is that I have been blessed to have two amazing parents. I don’t think I realized what they really brought to my life until I became an adult and had children of my own. Now, I have replaced them in not knowing what I am talking about.

Nonetheless, I thank God that He allowed me to survive getting in the way of myself, and the opportunity to see His hand through it all. The lessons of life are more powerful than any book or class could ever provide.

I am honored this week to celebrate my father. This year will not be an ordinary Father’s Day for our family, but one that will not soon be forgotten.

On June 18, the now Prince Georges County Track and Field Olympic Stadium will be dedicated and renamed after my father. For generations to come, anyone going to a Washington Football Team game will pass the adjacent Olympic stadium bearing the name of my dad.

What I realize is that no matter what it looked like, the Lord had a plan. He knew that this day was coming. He knew He would reward my father for his faithfulness.

Being raised primarily by a village of people, never knowing his father due to his untimely death, raising his age to get into the military; he did not lose the core of who God created him to be. My father is a committed warrior who is determined to see justice through until the end. Never did he seek fame or fortune, just the reward associated with helping somebody be better than they were the day before.

As a young girl, I saw my father organize a group of people to fight for the simple rights of home ownership. Perhaps it was one of the first neighborhood associations in the area. “Citizens for Better Government” was their name and from that was born his being the Mayor of our small town, moving on to be a County Councilman. His life has been about service, service to the people that didn’t have a voice, but through him, their voices were loud and clear.

The stadium is an example of his greatest accomplishment in partnership with Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Washington Football Team. Even in his discussions around bringing the Redskin Stadium to Maryland, he did not forget about the people that lived in the surrounding area and what they would get out of the deal. The community could not see what he could see, and truthfully fought him at every turn, but he remained steadfast and unmovable. Now directly adjacent to the Washington Football Team Stadium, and the soon to be named Marvin F. Wilson Track and Field Olympic Stadium, there is a Sports and Learn Center where the community can come to swim, walk, run, and learn.

So it is for any event of life; no matter how small (Matthew 10:29-31) or how large (Daniel 4:35; Proverbs 21:1), God is sovereign over all (Ephesians 1:11; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 46:9-10) and thus nothing is merely the matter of chance.

Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at Read more columns by Tanya Wilson.