Wish I had thought of that

They say that everyone has one really good idea inside them. I don’t know who “they” are but could it be true? Who would have thought what started out as joke would make millions for a guy named Gary Dahl? He came up with the Pet Rock. At $3.95 each, rocks purchased for a penny from a beach in Mexico became a sensation in 1975. With some creative packaging and instructions, the rocks were sold in cardboard carrying cases that were punctured with holes and laid on nests of straw. Dahl was amazed: “You might say we packaged a sense of humor,” he said in an interview.

Then there was the toy company, Wham-O, who took advantage of the UFO craze in the ‘50’s. They designed a plastic disc based on Frisbie Pie Company pie tins made in their factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut. College students would take the tins and toss them to each other. The Frisbee was born in 1957 when the company improved on the tin plate with plastic.

What’s the point? A creative God instilled in His creatures imagination, that ability that helps us dream big dreams, try new things, reach beyond the ordinary, and explore new horizons. I have had this plaque in my office for years. It reminds me of opportunity:

“Take time to …work, it is the price of success …play, it is the secret of perpetual youth …think, it is the source of power …read, it is the fountain of wisdom …pray, it is conversation with God …laugh, it is the music of the soul …listen, it is the pathway to understanding …dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star …worship, it is the highway of reverence …love and be loved, it is the gift of God.”

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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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