Along the Journey – Now where did I put that?

You left in a rush this morning. You’re not as attentive as you should be. You get to the office and look down. One black sock and one blue one or one black shoe and a brown one.

You walk out of the mall and stop as you gaze out at an ocean of cars. You have no idea where you parked. You start clicking your remote, hoping you’re close enough.

You’re late and you can’t find your keys. Some helpful person in your life asks the inevitable question: “Where were you the last time you had them?” If you knew that, you would go there and pick up your keys.

Someone walks up to you with a sly grin on his face and says, “I’ll bet you don’t remember me.” He’s right. You don’t.

Possible solutions:

  • Keep an extra pair of socks, shoes at the office or in your car or just don’t wear socks and shoes.
  • It was time to buy a new car anyway.
  • Buy a chain and hang your keys around your neck and never take the chain off.
  • Smile a lot, pump his hand, slap him on the back, and bluff your way or carry a pictorial directory of every person you ever known.

Life happens. We forget things or misplace things. The older we get, the more often it seems to happen. Give yourself, and others, a break. Try to remember the important things, like:

  1. How blessed you are and how thankful you should be
  2. The people in your life who matter so much
  3. How important it is to pray, to worship, to praise
  4. How great it is to live in a free country
  5. How precious time is
  6. How good God is, all the time

While you’re changing socks or looking for your keys, spend a moment thanking God for the gift of your life. You may forget a lot of other things but please remember that!

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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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