During the school year, a sixth grade boy announced to his father: “I don’t have to do my homework anymore.”

Understandably, dad wanted to know more. The young man explained: “I have adjusted myself to inferior grades.”

Soon after, some additional adjustments were made in that young man’s life.

Adjustments are a part of life. Change of pace, course correction, new approach, renewal, second wind … there are any number of phrases or terms that help describe what happens when we decide a change is necessary, when we realize we cannot continue without making some adjustment.

It could be attitude. Let’s do a reality check. On a scale of one to ten (‘10’ is optimistic, positive, excited – ‘1’ is “Don’t even come close to me; I’ll bite your head off.”), how’s your attitude? Are you a joy to be around? Is your enthusiasm infectious? Or are you spreading other contagions around like doom and gloom? I know our attitudes can be affected by circumstances, both good and bad, but how’s your attitude most of the time? Are you happy with that? Is it time for an adjustment? Our homework assignment is to read Philippians 4. See how Paul’s attitude was impacted, not be circumstance, but by choice.

It could be action. Let’s do another reality check. On a scale of one to ten (‘10’ being “I get it right most of the time.” – ‘1’ being “I can’t get out of my own way” or “My friends call me Attila the Hun.”), how’s it going? Can people match your words and deeds with the faith you claim? They say Christians are the best advertisement for Christianity. They also say Christians are the worst advertisement for Christianity. Our homework assignment is to read Colossians 3:12-17. Paul has fashion advice worth following.

Let’s do one more reality check. Let’s be honest. Let’s be real. None of us is perfect. We all struggle; we all stumble. Thanks be to God; this is not about our perfection. By grace are we saved – that’s a really good thing because it wouldn’t happen any other way!


God is still working on us (Philippians 1:6). We should be working on us, too (Philippians 2:12-15). What a partnership! We don’t have to settle for inferior grades!

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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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