Along the Journey – Growing Up

first-day-of-schoolThis week I have seen many pictures of “First Day at School” – happy, excited (for the most part) kids and tearful moms and dads. I even saw one picture titled “Last first day” about one young man starting high school. I hate to be the one to break it to you, bud, but there will be more first days ahead.

Skyping with our grandson on “First Day at School” eve, we heard a recital about the new backpack, the carefully-selected clothes, the already-packed lunch, and the new teacher. It was great.

It reminds me of two stories about kids and first days at school:

  1. Mom walked into her six year-old’s bedroom to find him crying. “What’s the matter, honey?” she asked. He sobbed, “I just figured out how to tie my shoes.” She tried to buck him up, “That’s great. That means you’re growing up, dear!” He wailed, “No, it means I’ll have to do it each day for the rest of my life!”
  1. The build-up for the first day was enormous. There was the trip to the school to find the classroom, the cafeteria, and other important places. They met the teacher. They went shopping – new duds, new backpack, new shoes. He got his hair cut. They had his favorite meal the night before. He went to be early. He had a good breakfast and helped pack his lunch. Pictures were taken. He was escorted to school. More pictures were taken. The first day was great! The next morning, mom woke him up: “It’s time to get ready for school.” He turned over and looked at his mom with shock on his face, “You mean I have to go back again?”

Growing up. I hope I get to do that one day. Paul wrote to the Philippians: “He who began a good work in you will complete it” (1:6). We’re all under construction. We can be confident that God knows how much growth and development each of us needs. He will do His part. It’s up to us to do ours “each day for the rest of my life!”

Two big events are headed our way over the next several weeks:

September 1 – We host the African Children’s Choir on Labor Day Sunday in the Peachtree Room at 11:00 am. These precious kids will bless our hearts!

September 6 – Wieuca’s Day School celebrates 50 years of ministry to kids and families in our church and community. Special events are planned that afternoon from 4:30 to 7:00 on the play field. We will honor our staff, children, and families in worship on September 8.

Come join us. Wear your new shoes!

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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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