Better Together

The turtle had a dilemma. He wanted to move south for the winter because he couldn’t stand another blustery winter and he certainly didn’t want to make the long trudge southward. If he was going to pull it off, he would need some help. So he used his mighty turtle brain to come up with idea. He knew a couple of geese that were preparing for the long journey. After all, they were far better equipped for long-distance travel. He discussed his plan with his feathered-friends.

Scrounging around, he found a length of rope. He explained to the geese that each was to hold an end while he grasped the middle with his strong jaws. Away they went.

Things were going well during the flight until someone on the ground happened to glance up and see this strange sight. With admiration in his voice, he shouted, “Who in the world thought of that?” Unable to restrain the impulse to take full credit for the idea, the turtle opened his mouth to say … “I di – d – d – d …”

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. On the flip side, drawing attention to yourself may be a recipe for disaster.

Speaking of recipes, Paul had one for how Christians are to live in community with each other: “Love each other with genuine affection. Take delight in honoring each other… when others are happy, be happy for them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of others. Do you part to live in peace with everyone as much as possible” (from Romans 12:9-18).

With the right ingredients, our families and our churches and our communities could look very different. It’s worth a try, isn’t it?

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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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