Each year for the past seven years or so I have picked one word to focus on for an entire year. The My One Word challenge is simple: lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you in the year ahead. This process forces clarity and results in focus.

Some years I’ve been better than others about sticking to the challenge. This year I am praying that I have my strongest year to date. I have gotten started by finally deciding on my specific one word today, only a little over a month late, but who is counting. And my one word for 2017 is… ONE.

  • Focus on one thing at a time.
  • Take one step at a time.
  • Invest in my wife (I have just one).
  • Invest in my son, Noah (I have just one).
  • Stop worrying about tomorrow and instead focus on today (one).
  • Focus on one chapter in scripture at a time.
  • Take one step at a time on the treadmill.
  • Eat one healthy meal at a time.

I can go on for quite awhile, but using the word ONE this year is to focus on the next right step and focus on being in the here and now.

Today for example I felt in tune with the word and God. I set my alarm for 6:00am and laid out my clothes, got my coffee mug and Bible ready at the table the night before. Then before I fell asleep I kept telling myself that my next one thing to do is to turn the shower on once I hear my alarm. I didn’t have to think about all that happens after that. I did not worry if Noah would wake up and end my reading time early. I did not have to think about making him breakfast or getting to my meeting at 10:00am. I just had to get my feet touching the floor and go turn the shower on. Once I got there I could continue to the next step, but before I did that I enjoyed my shower and time of prayer.

I encourage you to check out myoneword.org and even pick up the book. It’s never to late to start the process.

15272201_10101799626236796_8927760682007106732_oToday was bittersweet as we attended Port City Community Church  (PC3) as locals for the last time (for the foreseeable future). And I still can’t believe this day actually arrived. I stepped into the doors of Roland Grise Middle School 14 years ago as I attended PC3 for the very first time and fell in love with it. Less than a year later I began my journey on staff and have served an unforgettable 13 years there. Over the last 13 years I have learned and experienced way to much to even remember.

Now in just seven days I will be driving a Uhaul full of practically everything we own down to Atlanta, GA and starting a brand new job as the Video Director at Victory World Church. I’m stoked about this new oppurtinity and church family. And at the same time we are very sad to leave our family and friends here in Wilmington!

Over the next few weeks as I transition into my new role I hope to share both how we ended up in ATL and how things are shaking out with our new adventure 🚀. God has guided us through every step over the last six months and we are stoked to see what He is going to do in this next season of our lives and our ministry!

Last week I did something I have not done since my older brother Chris past away in a hospital in Bristol, TN. And that thing was talk about it with anyone in detail. Up to last week the only person I have talked to about the week was my wife Kirsten and that was limited in detail. I just don’t verbalize things out loud like, but instead keep it to myself and find personal time to reflect. But that all changed this past week as I finally opened up for the first time and it so happened to in front of a camera as well.

We finished a teaching series where we had been discussing moments when we have an encounter and how it forms and shapes us. (Encounter, Formation, Expression) We were discussing the idea of a possible story to set up our pastor to wrap up the final week. At that moment I felt like this could be the time I finally share my story and my encounter with God during that tragic week in 2009. So I threw out the idea to the team and just how my story could play into the three areas. I then took myself out of the equation/room and let them pressure test my story and decide for themeselves. The team decided they liked the idea and then took it to the next level and pitched the idea up the chain. The project was green-lit and after two interviews and a three day trip to VA the guys put together a very emotional piece.

I have watched it twice and probaly will not watch it again because it’s so personal. But I hope you take a few moments to watch it and can recall an unforgettable encounter yourself.  Then take a moment to look back on how it has formed you into who you are today.