A Minute with Mark – It’s the simple things

imagesCAJPX0G6He was taking his 3 year-old daughter for a walk. He had promised his little girl that he would spend some time together as soon as he got home from work. It had been one of those days. A contract he had been working on for months was rejected and he had to start over. He had a co-worker in his face about this and that. His computer had to be replaced. His mind was churning over all his aggravations and challenges. He hardly noticed his daughter walking beside him.

Then she stopped and bent over; he almost tripped over her. His anger boiled over and he was about to bark at her when she pointed and said, “Lookit!” His anger cooled into irritation, “Honey, we don’t have time …”


He had to kneel down to see what had captured her attention. Her face was lit with joy and surprise. Poking up from a crack in the sidewalk was a tiny wildflower. You would have thought she had found gold. “Lookit!”

He was about to say, “It’s just a wildflower,” when her daughter announced that she was going to pick it and take it to her mommy. “Daddy, you’ll have to carry it ‘cause I might drop it.”

Handling his assignment flawlessly, he continued his walk with his daughter. There were other times when the walk was interrupted by a few more “Lookits!” He didn’t seem to mind so much. He realized that he had put aside all the ‘stuff’ he had had on his mind so he could carry his daughter’s treasure. He saw other things he normally missed. A ladybug landed on his sleeve and they looked together, counting the black spots on the orange shell.  They stopped at Mrs. Johnson’s flower garden and smelled one of her magnificent roses. He had to stop her from picking one of those. Mrs. Johnson didn’t take kindly to such things.

Mostly, he wondered how much there was to see if he would just take the time to look. When they got home, mommy was sitting on the porch waiting. After a rather impressive wildflower presentation, she asked her husband, “How was it?”

“Life changing,” he said.

It’s amazing what simple things can do for you.

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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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