Staying Focused

We have the best intentions. Starting off is not a problem. Staying at the task is. The world is full of those who begin the race with a burst of speed. The world is also full of those who don’t seem to be around at the finish line.

Alexander was saving his money to buy a new baseball bat, but not just any bat. He had seen the one he wanted at the sporting goods store – a Louisville slugger, sleek, black, and powerful. He could tell it had a bunch of hits just waiting to jump off its shiny wood. Boy, with a bat like that, he would be crushing the ball all over the place.

The season was approaching and the saving was going slowly. Alexander knew if he would just be patient, the bat would be his in just a few weeks. It was tough, though. Alexander decided he needed to ask for help.

That night he knelt beside his bed to pray: “Oh, Lord, please help me save my money for that baseball bat. And God, it would help if You didn’t let the ice cream truck come down my street for a while.”

Good things come to those who wait … and don’t get distracted from their goals! There is something to be said about persistence. The very process of waiting with patience and purpose strengthens us.

Paul wrote to the Romans: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us – they help us to learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:3-5).

Staying focused isn’t easy. Nothing worth having is. The end result is worth the effort. Fix your eyes on Jesus!

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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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