Got the time?

In 2016, I had the privilege to attend a day at the Master’s with my father-in-law. Knowing the rules about cell phones, we had left ours in the car. Throughout the day, we were both approached by people asking for the time. It finally struck me. Nobody was wearing a watch except us. That’s the only way I would ever be noticed at the most famous golf tournament.

Time is important. We all know that. It seems that we are always running out of it. We all get 24 hours each day and make choices as to how we spend our time. Yes, there are other people in our lives that often dictate how our day is scheduled. You don’t feel like going to work? If you feel that way too often, you won’t have to worry about work. You’ll have plenty of time on your hands … to look for work. You don’t feel like going to school, finishing that project, studying for that exam? Good luck with that.

The pace of life seems to be increasing. Being over-scheduled and under-resourced is common. A first grader asked his mom why dad had to bring home a briefcase of papers every night. “Mom, why does dad have so much homework?” She tried to explain, “It’s because Daddy has so much to do he can’t finish at the office so he has to work at night.” That raised another question from her son: “Then, why don’t they put him in a slower group?”

Where is that slower group? I’d like to join. We all feel the press. Well, most of us. The old dude was sitting in his rocking chair but wasn’t rocking. “Anything wrong?” asked a passerby. “Nope, just tryin’ to decide whether to start ‘er up.”

Some time ago I posted some words of encouragement found in a plaque I have had on my office wall. Forgive the repetition but this is per request:

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