A Minute with Mark – Learning from our Kids

Children_ChurchI had a noise-making contest with a three year-old this morning. Pretty mature, huh? And I lost, too. She didn’t really appreciate my Donald Duck impression. Well, I gave it my best shot.

You learn a lot from kids. They have amazing insights. They teach important lessons. One little guy was asked about his table manners. He said, “You should always turn your head when you sneeze at the table, but you’d better grab your plate and take it with you.” He was asked why he needed to do that. He responded, “You grab your plate and take it with you ‘cause then people can’t sneak vegetables you don’t want on your plate while your head’s turned.”

Makes perfect sense to me. Where did those Brussels sprouts come from?

You can also learn some interesting things from kids when they talk about stories in the Bible. Seven year-old Donna wrote: “Last week it rained for three days. We thought it would be like Noah’s Ark, but it wasn’t. I’m glad because you could only take two of things, remember, and we have three cats.”

Kids are also concerned about things, important things. Neil wrote this letter to God: “Dear Mr. God, How do you feel about people who don’t believe in you? Somebody else wants to know. A friend, Neil.”

From the Gospels, it seems apparent that Jesus loved being around kids. He even got upset when His disciples tried to keep them away (Matthew 19:13-15. He said that we should be more like children in our trust and openness (Matthew 18:4).

While we are trying to raise them, teach them, nurture them, let’s not forget to listen to them. We might just learn something. Now, excuse me, I need to get ready for round two of the noise-making contest. I really think I’ve got a chance this time.

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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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