Hey, I’m only one person!

A few years ago, John Killinger wrote an article about “The Waiter’s Epitaph.” What was the point? Killinger answered the question: “God finally got his attention.”

What does it take to get our attention? 40,000 Cokes are consumed per second around the world. 40,000 children die daily in our world from hunger-related causes. Americans spend more time and money trying to lose weight than they do investing time and money to support organizations who are dedicated to alleviating hunger. A major fast food chain advertises their $.99 value menu.  More than 1 billion people in the world try to survive on less than the equivalent of a dollar a day.

Overwhelming, right? What can one person hope to do in the face of such a challenge? We feel helpless. “Hey, I’m only one person.”

A pastor of an inner-city church in Atlanta met with a man who had asked to see him about a problem. The minister had grown accustomed to tales of hard-luck residents who lived in the poverty-stricken area, but this man’s story moved him. He listened as the man described the needs of a poor widow and her family: “She has four hungry children to feed, is confined to her bed with no money for a doctor, and she owes three months’ rent, and is about to be evicted from her apartment.”

The pastor commended the man for his concern and assured the man that the church had several programs that might be of help to the woman. Then he asked the man, “By the way, how do you know this woman?” The man replied, “I’m the landlord.”

Hey, I’m only one person …

… who could volunteer at a shelter or a feeding station

… who could become an advocate for the poor

… who could sacrifice a meal out and donate the money

… who could fill a grocery bag with items for a food pantry

… who could tutor children in basic skills

A famous quote from Farrar: “I am only one; but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

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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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