Warning!

Warning signs are everywhere – Stop, Yield, 55 MPH, Men at Work, School Zone. Our food and medicine all have labels. Someone is always telling us what will happen if we don’t pay attention. These signs are a little unusual:

“NOTICE! Thank you for noticing this new notice. Your noticing has been noted and will be reported to the authorities.” Whew! I feel better now that I have been noticed noticing.

“Please do not walk, mosey, saunter, stroll, toddle, tread, traipse, troop, ambulate, prance, dance, tramp, skip, lumber, plod, slog, stride, trudge, run, scurry, beat feet, scamper, scoot, crawl, creep or step on plants.” I didn’t know reading a sign was so tiring.

“DO NOT PARK HERE! The wrath of the ancients will fall upon your head. Your shoelaces will not stay tied. Rabid squirrels will invade your home. Food in your refrigerator will mysteriously spoil. Your vehicle will start making that expensive knocking sound again and no one will talk to you at parties.” I’ll just look for another place.

What does it take to get our attention? Jerry Seinfeld said that the only warning label people take seriously is DRY CLEAN ONLY!  There are plenty of other warnings we should heed. Most of them are for our own good – they keep us safe, out of danger, healthier.

Perhaps there could be others that would help us stay focused:

  • Warning! Your spiritual energy is being drained. Open the Word, pray with a friend, share your faith, and spend some time thanking and praising God.
  • Warning! There is a friend who needs your encouragement, support, accountability, patience, presence.
  • Warning! Your family could use a little more attention right now. I know business is stressful and demanding but family comes first.
  • Warning! Your stewardship of time, talent, and treasure is slipping, Rediscover the joy of serving in His name.

There are some other signs you might not have seen in a while:

  • Hey, I’m proud of you. Keep up the good work.
  • I’ve never had a friend as loyal as you.
  • I am glad you’re my dad. I’ve got the best mom in the world.
  • My grace is sufficient for you.

Here’s another sign I’d like you to see: “I’m glad we’re in this together.”

Mark Wilbanks, Pastor

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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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