August 11, 2011

Underwhelmed vs. Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed feels like a bad word doesn’t it?  Nobody wants to be overwhelmed! However, I have a theory: in our attempt to not be overwhelmed, we have settled for being underwhelmed.

  • Taking on a new project at work would be overwhelming, so we settle for the same old task list.  We are underwhelmed.
  • Remodeling that outdated kitchen at home would be overwhelming, so we settle for the same old leaky faucet.  We are underwhelmed.
  • Dealing with a harmful addiction would be overwhelming, so we settle for the same old way of living.  We are underwhelmed.
  • Taking a significant step of obedience spiritually would be overwhelming, so we settle for the same old spiritual steps we’ve always taken.  We are underwhelmed.

Nobody wants to be overwhelmed, but what if the funk you’re in, the rut you’re stuck in, the boring, mundane way of life you’re living is a direct result of choosing underwhelmed versus overwhelmed?

What if you knew that with God:

  • all things are possible
  • He will do more than you can ever dream or imagine
  • His plan for your life is bigger than your own

If you knew those things, would overwhelmed really be so bad?  To accomplish something great, to get where you’ve always dreamed of going, and to make an impact for God, choose overwhelmed versus underwhelmed and depend on God to help you through.

August 10, 2011

Video Update 4… Audible!

What happens when an Audible is called at Waters Edge Church?!

August 9, 2011

Grandma Gaga

August 8, 2011

Sunday Recap, August 8, 2011

I believe that yesterday was one of those “defining” days for our church – and we’ll never be the same because of it! Here are some of the highlights:
• Grandma Gaga video got a ridiculous response. I thought the video was really funny – you thought it was hilarious! Hopefully we’ll post a playable version before the end of the week. Someday I’ll post about the making of the video. Bottom line, I make for an ugly old lady.
• We celebrated our “mother church,” Liberty Baptist in Hampton. It was fun to give props to Liberty on the grand opening of their new 3,000 seat worship center.
• The talk explained why we do what we do the way we do it at Waters Edge clearer than any other explanation I’ve ever given. If you’re a little bit on the fence about WEC, make sure you watch it! It will explain things.
• If you’re serious about bringing God’s lost children back home, make sure you invite someone to WEC this Sunday! I’ve called an audible and we’ve changed up our plans for this week. More on that later.
• Josh Fowler and Phil Poteat ended our services with an amazing rendition of “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” They nailed it!
It was a great Sunday! I LOVE MY CHURCH!

August 4, 2011

Press Through

I ate a piece of cake last night with nuts on the top. I don’t really like nuts on my cake. I also don’t like fruit on my pizza or celery in my salad. Someone asked me, “if you don’t like nuts, why are you eating the cake?” I think the answer is pretty obvious: because I like cake! Sometimes you have to press through stuff you don’t like to get to the stuff that you do like. The idea of “pressing through” is how you get to the good stuff! It’s not going to be easy today. There might be nasty nuts standing in the way. Perhaps you’re facing a load of boring data entry, a difficult conversation, a strenuous workout, a cantankerous person, a financial decision, or something else that’s not fun, enjoyable, or easy. Press through! Maybe the task you have to do today isn’t your favorite. Maybe your assignment isn’t your passion, life calling, or greatest strength. Press through! Press through the hard stuff, the bad times, the frustration and you’ll arrive at the good stuff.

August 3, 2011

Video Update including Interns

August 1, 2011

Sunday Recap, July 31, 2011

Sunday Recap

It was an incredible day yesterday at Waters Edge. Here are some of the highlights:

• We introduced a new song that may very quickly become one of my favorites: Awakening by Casey Darnell. You’ll be hearing this one a lot more!
• The energy and excitement about MY CHURCH is off the charts right now. Love it – let’s keep it up!
• I announced that we will open our 3rd campus in the next 12-18 months – in almost every service that announcement was followed by overwhelming applause!
• No matter what’s going on in your life right now, you belong to the church…that changes everything.
• Attendance is crazy for the last Sunday in July. This fall is going to be ridiculous and we’re going to reach more people than ever with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
• I work hard during the week to hear from God and to prepare diligently and I preach from that preparation, but yesterday I added something in the moment that I just sensed was from God. I added, “Do you know what God is saying right now? He’s saying: I love my church!”

I can’t wait for part 4 of I love My Church.

July 28, 2011

Leadership Is A Privilege

If you lead a church, organization, family, team, unit, division or anything else for that matter, stop and remember: leadership is a privilege. It’s an honor to lead and have people actually follow! Think about it like this:

•Your employees can be frustrating, but imagine trying to make a profit without them on your team.
•Your kids can be draining, but imagine how unfulfilling your life would be without them.
•Your responsibilities can be overwhelming, but imagine how bored you would become if you didn’t have them.

I know you worked hard to get where you are, but where you are is a privilege!

I went to lunch today with some of my staff team. As I looked around the table at the skilled, passionate and fun people I lead, I was reminded: leading them is a privilege. They could all easily work somewhere else, following a different leader…but they’re allowing me to lead them! And as we shared stories of WEC’s growth, I was reminded: leading WEC is a privilege. The 2,389 people who attended on this past Sunday could’ve easily done something else, somewhere else….but they came to Waters Edge and are allowing me to lead them. This simple shift in mentality from “right” to “privilege” might just change the way you lead.

July 27, 2011

Video Update 2 + Summer Hawaiian Theme

July 26, 2011


This is an article that I wrote as a guest columnist for the Daily Press here in Yorktown, VA.

Detours frustrate me!  The pesky orange signs that send me out of my way, around the corner, to another street, forcing my GPS to “recalculate” are not a welcomed sight.  But here’s what I’ve discovered: sometimes it’s the detours that take you on the most scenic route or to hidden destinations or that allow you to experience something that you would’ve missed on the regular route.  Think about this.  Some of you need to stop despising the detours of your life and start discovering your destiny in them.  When things don’t go as planned, when life doesn’t deal you the hand you expected, when the carousel ride seems like it’s more down than it is up and you can’t seem to get a break,  don’t be defeated by it!  You see the detour as a roadblock.  You see it as an insurmountable hurdle.  You think you can’t overcome it.  You’re about to be defeated by it.  But, God sees the detour as the roadway to your destiny.  God sees the detour as the pathway to build your character.  He’s using the detour to make the journey sweeter and the celebration louder.  There’s value in the looping detours of life…if you can find it.

Detours can be the breeding ground and the catalyst for a life of victory, and yet far too many of us allow detours to become the breeding ground and the catalyst for a life of defeat.  The detour you’re facing doesn’t have to be a dead-end; it doesn’t have to be a race around the cul-de-sac that ultimately leads you nowhere.  The detours of life can become an exit ramp off one path and onto a new one that leads to living the life God always desired for you.   What’s your response when things don’t go as you had planned?  What do you do when you expected life to take you one place, only to end up at another?  How do you handle the disappointments of marriage, work, relationships, and finances?  When you end up where you don’t want to be because of a looping detour, what do you do?  You’ve got to learn how to find the value in the looping detours God places in your life.

God can use the difficulties of your life to advance you to greatness.  I know it’s not the pathway you expected.  I know it’s a different route than you anticipated.  I know it’s a little longer and it’s a little more scenic and the road isn’t quite as smooth.  That’s why it’s called a detour.  I know it’s not how you planned it.  But if you’ll have a stick-to-it-attitude through the detour, God can use that failed relationship, He can use your messed up finances, God can work through your unemployment, through your loneliness, through some tragic event, through some painful loss.  When there’s a roundabout way that God seems to be taking you in your life, don’t despair, don’t get defeated. The detour may be the pathway to your destiny. You just have to stay on the road, change your perspective, and be on the look-out for what God is doing.