Exactly one year ago today, a group of people got together at Summit’s Chapel Hill Campus to talk about planting a church in DC. It was the first public step we took on the road to planting Restoration City Church.
I remember walking into that day with absolutely no clue what was going to happen. I wasn’t a 100% sure anyone was actually going to show up. And I really wasn’t sure how many would be interested by the time we were done!
One year later, I love scanning this photo and seeing how God has knit people who were total strangers a year ago into a church meeting weekly in DC. It’s been an amazing ride that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. But if I could go back in time and talk to myself a year ago, I know what I would say:
- Get Over Yourself. Jesus is the One who builds His church (Mt. 16:18). Sure, vision, strategy and leadership matter but the success of Restoration City Church has little to do with me and everything to do with Jesus. A year ago, I was worried about being impressive. Today I would much rather have people impressed with Jesus.
- Stop Worrying. One, it doesn’t accomplish anything (Mt. 6:25-34). Two, Jesus is faithful. (Deut. 7:9) It’s so strange that we all think the God who has never once dropped the ball might just start with us. If God calls you to do something, He’ll get you where you need to go. A year ago I didn’t know what the road ahead looked like and it freaked me out. Today, I have no more clarity about the road, just more confidence in the One who leads us.
- Have Fun. Don’t get me wrong – this last year was great! Laura and I have so many good memories of our time at Summit and in NC. But sometimes I don’t fully enjoy this moment because I’m so focused on the next. I keep thinking about tomorrow and missing out on today. Honestly, I don’t know that I’ve made much progress on this one! But I know the ability to slow down and present is a really big deal.
If God is leading you into a new season, take a deep breath, relax, trust Him and enjoy the ride. It really is an amazing thing to walk through life with the Living God. RCC is one small example of His power, His faithfulness and His mercy.