A Minute with Mark – School Daze

Yesterday I spoke with a few parents, a few teachers, and a few students. I asked them all one question: Are you ready for school? The responses were all over the map – excitement, relief, dread, resignation, hope, curiosity, determination, and a few others. Summer flashed by for many; dragged on for others.

Ready or not, here it comes – a new school year. With that in mind, how about a few things to consider?

For parents:

  • Scripture urges children to honor and obey their parents but there is also a good word in Paul’s writing to the Ephesians about the way parents should bring discipline and instruction into the lives of their children (6:1-4).
  • Get involved with your school(s). Your kids don’t need to see you every day on campus, but they do need to see your interest and support.
  • Most teachers will tell you that if you don’t believe half of what students say about the teachers, they won’t believe half of what the students say about their parents.
  • Remember how quickly their school years pass. Today they’re in Pre-K; tomorrow they’re leaving for college. Cherish the time you have.
  • Pray for your children every day. Pray for the adults who will teach, coach, counsel, and support your kids.

For teachers and faculty:

  • One of my favorite teachers once told me, “I don’t teach history; I teach young people – there’s a difference.”
  • You may feel unappreciated in our celebrity-driven society, but you will make a greater difference in a lot of young lives by your dedication and skill.
  • I recall best the teachers who expected the most out of me. So will your students.
  • People in administration and support work behind the scenes a great deal. It takes a great deal of expertise to provide the right atmosphere for learning.
  • Pray for your students and their families. Many of the home situations you will confront are messy and hurtful. As most of you know, getting through material is not as important as getting through to students.

For students:

  • Get off to a good start this year. Stay on top of your work. Seek help before a class begins to overwhelm you.
  • Most of the adults in your life really care about you. Seek godly counsel. Find someone you respect and listen to them.
  • Be smart about social media. Show some self-respect.
  • Pray for your parents, your teachers, your coaches, your classmates.
  • Look up Colossians 3:17 and follow some good advice.

You might notice the common thread of prayer. I’m praying, others are praying for this new school year. It will hold some surprises and challenges. I’m here to help, except with math or science or term papers or …

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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.

One thought on “A Minute with Mark – School Daze

  1. Calvin Johnson

    And if you do need some help with math or science, there are plenty of Georgia Tech alums at Wieuca who would be glad to offer you some assistance! A^2 + B^2 = C^2 and things like that!!


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