All Things New

Happy New Year! You know what that means:

·         A fresh start

·         A clean slate

·         I mean it this time

·         I’m going to get in shape

·         I’m going to lose ___ pounds

·         I’m going to get closer to God

·         I’m going to …

The gym will be full in a few days. Determined, focused, serious people will flood the fitness centers. Weight loss programs will be processing new orders. Teachers will be amazed at the intellectual energy displayed by students. Church attendance will increase. People will be nicer, more courteous, more patient … for a while.

All things new? The reality is we don’t get a blank piece of paper when the new year begins. We are still facing challenges and opportunities that have no date attached. Growing deeper in our spiritual journey is not time sensitive. Building stronger marriages and families isn’t determined by the calendar. These and so many other matters are not easily addressed by New Year’s resolutions. If these life issues aren’t important enough in May or September, do we really think that January will make the difference?

Yet we often do need a fresh start. We serve a God who specializes in new beginnings, in second chances. I return again and again to the words of Jeremiah: “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends!  By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him’” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

Every day is a gift. God created us for significant, meaningful lives. He knows us better than we could possibly know ourselves. He knows how much we need Him.

As 2015 arrives, may the new year find us willing to trust Him more and more.

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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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