Forget? Who me?

Great way to start the new year at the office – left my keys at home. Does that ever happen to you? Ha! Of course it does. Please tell me it does.

We are supposed to remember the really important things – birthdays, anniversaries, name, address, etc. With all the technology at hand, we can just look most of this stuff up … unless we forgot where we put our phone.

I was looking for mine the other day and my sweet, tolerant wife said, “Well, where did you see it last?” If I knew that, I would go over and pick it up.

I do forget things. It happens more and more as I age gracefully. I know some of it is attributable to lack of concentration and focus, but whatever the reason … it is maddening.

People have systems to fight forgetfulness. Some make lists … now, where did I put that list? Some play word games. Some lay things out carefully in the evening so it won’t be so hard the next day. There are other approaches, but I forgot them.

There are some things I hope I don’t forget. I am blessed in so many ways. The old hymn reminds me to count my blessings, name them one by one. The psalmist wrote: “Praise the Lord, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things He has done for me” (103:1,2).

When we are able to remember, we are overwhelmed by the good things, the things we don’t deserve, the things that come as welcome gifts and happy moments. It helps us when life gets rough or painful. It reminds us that we are not alone, that we matter to the One who matters most. I don’t ever want to forget that!

Oh, I almost forgot. Have a blessed day.


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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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