We Just Got [inspired]! 🙌

Our team just got back from the Catalyst West conference on Friday and we left super inspired to charge on with the [goodness] we are all creating. If you don’t know, Catalyst is a conference for leaders who love the local church. They have great speakers, activities, music, and resources for people who are serving in leadership (paid or volunteer). In the past it has inspired us to move towards what we would eventually do with Uncommon [good]. This year was a huge affirmation of our vision to create community for people in a unique way.

On top of that, we loved the theme for this year: Fully Alive. Drawing from the words of Jesus who said He came so that we may “have life and have it to the full,” Catalyst took this theme to a really cool place. Many of the speakers talked about self-care and mental/emotional health. The importance of which is huge if you ever hope to lead others well. And we all lead someone at some point, right? Even if it’s just ourselves. So we want to share with you some of the most impactful nuggets from the conference. Read each of these through the lens of leading and caring for yourself or others…

“People who lack self knowledge react to life rather than respond to it.”
– Ian Morgan Cron

“We become better leaders by becoming better human beings.”
– Miles Adcox

“If you want to experience a better life with Jesus you must adopt the lifestyle of Jesus.”
– John Mark Comer

“You’ve got to lose what you know about yourself in the past to figure out what God knows in the future.”
– Sarah Jakes Roberts

“We find God’s will for our lives in our limitations”
– Pete Scazerro

“When you spend your day looking at others, you lose your purpose”
– Jamie Ivey

“There is a gap between the promise God has given you and the process it’s going to take to get there. You have to go through the process to make it to the promise”
– Bianca Olthoff

“God chose you for where you are. Serve where you are!”
– Jamie Ivey

“We are kept from our goals, not by obstacles, but by a clearer path to lesser goals.”
– Ben Hardy

In regards to that process of living into what God made you to do: 

“The more it takes out of you, the more it will make out of you”
– Bianca Olthoff

“The best thing you bring to leadership is your own transforming self”
– Ruth Haley Barton

We hope all of that was encouraging to you. It sure was for us! Now, keep going to see what you’re invited to next…

Uncommon Party at Chicken Charlie’s

Tuesday, April 9th, 5PM, Chicken Charlie’s in Rancho Bernardo

We love creating community for the sake of community. We call it the Sacrament of Party. This time, we’re taking over Chicken Charlie’s and we’d love to see you there.

RSVP to Party

For more info, contact us at hello@uncommongoodsd.com

Save the Dates

Uncommon [easter]
Saturday, April 20th

We are having a Pre-Easter shindig for the whole family.
Stay tuned for more info!

Seal’s Faith and Family Night
Saturday, April 27th, 7PM
We’re joining up with the Seal’s Faith and Family Night for fun, community, and life. Your $20 ticket gets you fun and games on the Seal’s turf, pre-game pizza party, a message about faith from two of the players, and of course the game. Click the link below, scroll down the Seal’s page, and select “Uncommon Good” to get your tickets.

RSVP to Seal’s Faith and Family Night

For more info on upcoming events check out uncommongoodsd.com/events

YOU ARE LOVED

YOU ARE VALUED

YOU BELONG

New Family

– Ryan Ross

We’ve been having such a good time at our Common [table] Pop Ups!

At our first one, what we thought would be about 12, soon became a party of 20 with so much great food and desserts that we could’ve fed an army. Great community is like that… you can’t just cap things off at small numbers sometimes. People are on your heart, and you just have to invite them to the table!

While the kids ran amuck and were literally swinging from trees (until Ryan’s great weight broke the rope ;)… we all talked around one question for the night: 

“What in your life right now brings you the most joy?”

The conversation was fun, rich, and eye opening. We learned so much about one another. The overall report from dinner was that it all just felt like one big loving family.

I love that – we created [new family] – and that’s the business of Jesus.

There were a lot of boundaries to blessing and inclusion in the days of Jesus. Blood lines were strong and distinct, and many believed that God’s presence and blessing were only for the right family trees with just the right heritage.

Jesus messed that up. He seemed to live with a blind eye to bloodlines and boundaries. Jesus stretched family beyond it’s natural state because he had a new social order in mind that transcended the idea that family only loves their own [and that God only loved certain families]. He turned unrelated groups of strangers into family. He said all are valuable and welcome to be a part of God’s family. Jesus included the least and the greatest all in one family. And it was through this [new family of faith] that God’s kingdom broke into the world.

Our dream is to keep doing this. To keep making space to expand the family and welcome everyone in. Everyone, no matter where they are with faith, can take part in great discussions about what brings joy in life while they enjoy food, drink, and the crazy sounds of children together. Let’s keep doing this, and thank you for being a part of our Uncommon [family].

Keep reading for more opportunities to be a part of great gatherings!

March and [tables]

March is all about connecting in community! And we believe God made us for this! In addition to our “Created to Commune” event on March 24th, we are excited to tell you about some mini “pop-up” events – including guy/gal gatherings – happening in March that are aimed at helping us all connect and continue to build this Uncommon [community].

Common Table Pop-Ups
These events are super simple: Gatherings at homes or other cool places focused on being with one another. Some will be family nights, some guy’s nights, some gal’s nights. Keep an eye on social media (be sure to follow us) to see when these pop ups with be. The first 12 (ish) people to RSVP in the comments will get a spot.

Coffee Hangs
Monday & Wednesday Mornings, 10 – 11AM
Ryan, Pam, Dawn, and Cody will be meeting at various coffee shops in the Poway/RB area on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Come hang with us! Laugh with us. Ask us questions. Get excited about uncommon [goodness]! Keep an eye on social media for where we will be those days.


And that leads us to…

Created to [commune]…

Sunday, March 24th, Bernardo Winery, FREE

It’s time to rediscover the meaning of communion all together. No matter your past experience, communion was always meant to be a table where all are included.

RSVP to Commune

Uncommon [cast]

As we work to find a regular space, our Podcast offers a consistent venue to engage with conversations about life, faith, and being human.

Find it on Apple, Google Play, Spotify… by searching “uncommon cast”. 

Listen to Uncommon Cast

You are loved

You are valued

You belong

// Dividing // Lines //

So we know walls are kind of a touchy subject right now… But we’ve never been known to shy away from difficult conversations. So here it goes… 😉

A couple of weeks ago, our team took a trip down to Tijuana to meet with Pastor Fito Gonzalez and his amazing wife, Cindy. They are doing some really cool stuff with their church down there and are hoping to do some uncommon good-like community building. It was awesome to spend time with kindred spirits who want to meet people where they are!

While we were down there, we also got to visit Friendship Park. Which is a park right at the border that acts as a symbol of binational friendship between the US and Mexico. Once a year, Children and adults from pre-selected families who are divided by the border are allowed to meet and embrace briefly. It was a surreal experience being there… knowing that it was a place that represented moments of extreme joy and deep sorrow. And that right on the other side of where we stood, was a very different world.

No matter what you think of walls, life near the border isn’t at all how it’s portrayed on the news. The cities and towns at the border are full of people, just like you and me, who are trying to live their lives. Provide for their families. Find happiness… And although there is a very clear dividing line, we have more in common with the people on the other side of the wall than not. 

Whether we put up physical, emotional, or even digital walls… dividing lines tend to put people who are different than us in the category of “other”. But when we remove those lines, we are able to find the humanity in the “other”. And eventually see how much we are actually the same.

Jesus did this. It is how He lived His life and ministry. All were welcomed at the table with Him. Even the most reviled of His day. He created community for those who had none. And even the stories and parables He told exemplified His immense love and grace towards the outcast, the unloved, the other. 

So this week, we’d like you to check out what Jesus, Paul, and our team has to say on the subject of dividing lines:

First, read Ephesians 2:14-18

“14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. 16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.”


In a time when Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) couldn’t have been more separate, Jesus broke down the cultural and spiritual walls between the two and made them one people under Him. And now today, we are invited to do the same: take down the walls that we’ve put up in front of people who look, behave, or even believe differently than us… recognizing that Jesus Himself has already removed those walls, which in turn allows us to see “the other” as one with us under a God who loves and welcomes all. 


Here’s another passage we reference our latest Podcast episode. Dividing Lines. Its a great story from Jesus called The Parable of the Pharisee & Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14

Now go listen to our Latest Podcast Episode – Dividing Lines


We love you all! You are welcome at our table. And speaking of that, here’s how you can get around a table with your uncommon [community] in March…

March and [tables]

March is all about connecting in community! And we believe God made us for this! In addition to our “Created to Commune” event on March 24th, we are excited to tell you about some mini “pop-up” events – including guy/gal gatherings – happening in March that are aimed at helping us all connect and continue to build this Uncommon [community].

Common Table Pop-Ups
These events are super simple: Gatherings at homes or other cool places focused on being with one another. Some will be family nights, some guy’s nights, some gal’s nights. Keep an eye on social media (be sure to follow us) to see when these pop ups with be. The first 12 (ish) people to RSVP in the comments will get a spot.

Coffee Hangs
Monday & Wednesday Mornings, 10 – 11AM
Ryan, Pam, Dawn, and Cody will be meeting at various coffee shops in the Poway/RB area on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Come hang with us! Laugh with us. Ask us questions. Get excited about uncommon [goodness]! Keep an eye on social media for where we will be those days.


And that leads us to…

Created to [commune]…

Sunday, March 24th, Bernardo Winery, FREE

It’s time to rediscover the meaning of communion all together. No matter your past experience, communion was always meant to be a table where all are included.

RSVP to Commune

Uncommon [cast]

As we work to find a regular space, our Podcast offers a consistent venue to engage with conversations about life, faith, and being human.

As we mentioned above, our latest episode, Dividing Lines is up and we’d love if you gave it a listen. 

Find it on Apple, Google Play, Spotify… by searching “uncommon cast”. 

Listen to Uncommon Cast

You are loved

You are valued

You belong

Tables and Communion 🍷🍞

March [At the Table]

We are EXCITED!

March is all about connecting in community! And we believe God made us for this! In addition to our “Created to Commune” event on March 24th, we are excited to tell you about some mini “pop-up” events – including guy/gal gatherings – happening in March that are aimed at helping us all connect and continue to build this Uncommon [community].

Here’s what’s coming up…

Common Table Pop-Ups
These events are super simple: Gatherings at homes focused on being with one another around tables (or fire pits). Some will be family nights, some guy’s nights, some gal’s nights. Our first one is a family night and will be on March 9th at the Ross casa. If you’re interested, email us to RSVP. The first 12 (ish) RSVPs will get a spot. Woohoo!

RSVP to March 9th

The next Pop-Ups will pop up on social media soon (so be sure to follow us). Again, the first 12 (ish) people to RSVP in the comments will get a spot.

Coffee Hangs
Monday & Wednesday Mornings, 10 – 11AM
Ryan, Pam, Dawn, and Cody will be meeting at various coffee shops in the Poway/RB area on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Come hang with us! Laugh with us. Ask us questions. Get excited about uncommon [goodness]! Keep an eye on social media for where we will be those days.

And that leads us to…

CREATED TO COMMUNE

Sunday, March 24th, Bernardo Winery, FREE

It’s time to rediscover the meaning of communion all together. No matter your past experience, communion was always meant to be a table where all are included.

So let’s get around tables and do what we were created to do: Be in community. There will be food provided and drinks available to purchase. Kids welcome (there’s plenty of room for them to run amuck).

RSVP to let us know you will be there…

RSVP to Commune

PODCAST

As we build our vision toward having a regular space, our Podcast offers you a consistent venue to engage with conversations about life, faith and being human. 

We will have a new episode out next week, but our latest episode “Idenity and Kombucha” is up and ready for your ears! In this episode, we wrap up our conversation about weirdness with the weird guru himself, CJ Casciotta. CJ’s book, Get Weird, made a big impression on us. We talk a little about that, as well as hear some nuggets from the event we hosted with him, and he tells us all about his new venture, Ringbeller. 

Find it on Apple, Google Play, Spotify… by searching “uncommon cast”. 

Listen to Uncommon Cast

You are loved
You are valued
You belong

Why Weirdness? 🤷‍♂️

So… We’ve been talking a lot about weirdness. In some ways it’s to get you excited to come to Wine, Words, and Weirdness on February 10th. We have no shame in admitting that! But also because at Uncommon [good], weirdness is one of our unspoken values. 

Aside from everyone on our team being a little weird, what we are doing is inherently weird [or, ya know, uncommon]… Having parties at parks to build community… talking about faith at wineries and breweries… all pretty weird indeed. In fact, we get told that pretty often. But we don’t mind. Because in order to do great things, you just might have to be a little bit weird.

And that’s why we are excited to have CJ Casciotta come talk with us. He’s all about weirdness. Because he believes weirdness changes things. Weirdness starts movements. And your weirdness is needed in the world. Each of us has been given unique qualities that make us who we are. CJ calls it the Sacred Weird. Now, if the word weird doesn’t do it for you, just think of it as the driving force that helps you bring your unique goodness to the world.

But enough from us… Let’s hear what CJ has to say about it…

“We need weirdness to keep the world moving, to help solve it’s problems, to change our minds and rattle our hearts. More specifically, we need your weirdness. Whether you’re an artist, a teacher, a data processor, an engineer, or a mom, we need you to access and illuminate the [Sacred Weird] that rests deep within the corners of your soul–the ideas and passions you can’t shake, the solutions you see that nobody else does, the one-of-a-kind history that only you carry, complete with all its crooked roads, cracks, and smudges.”  

THIS is why we’re so stoked to help you find your Sacred Weird. Because it has something to offer the world!

Obviously, we’d love for you to join us on February 10th. But whether you do or not, you’ve got to check out CJ’s book, Get Weird

And enjoy this last little nugget to get you even more excited…

“When we abandon our weirdness, when we believe the lie that it’s better to fit in than to stick out, we get further and further away from “on earth as it is in heaven”… But when we bravely decide to embrace our own weirdness, it lets others know they belong just as they are too…”


If that doesn’t get you excited, well, you’re [not] weird. 😉

Wine, Words, and Weirdness

Sunday, February 10th, 6PM
Urge Common House, San Marcos
RSVP by 
February 7th

Meet CJ Casciotta. He’s weird. And he thinks you are too. In fact, he thinks your weirdness is a gift that should be given to the world. 

He will be joining us at Wine & Words in February to talk about your weirdness and explain to us why he hangs out with puppets. It’s gonna be a fun, weird, and wonderfully insightful time that you won’t want to miss!

Learn more about CJ

RSVP To Weirdness


New Podcast Episode!

In the weirdness of a 5 week month, we felt like it had been way too long since our last episode. So here’s a little bonus episode at a kitchen table instead of in a treehouse. It’s weird and wonderful and you can find it on Apple, Google, Spotify, and probably other places too… Just search for “uncommon cast”.

Or listen to the newest episode here.

Listen Here

You are loved
You are valued
You belong

Your uncommon [team]

The Christmas 🎄 Slow Down 🐌

‘Twas the week before Christmas
And all through our heads
Were shopping lists and to do’s
All bringing much dread

Did I get mom that kerchief?
Did I order dad’s cap?
How about Cindy Lou’s doll?
Oh, God, I need a nap!

So much to do
It’s all such a clatter
I wish I could get back
To the heart of the matter

Cause in a season that’s all
About joy, peace, and hope
Why am I feeling so
Stressed, tired, and broke?

– Cody Vermillion


You guys! Christmas is on Tuesday!

If you’re like me, you’ve tried your darnedest to get everything done before… well… now. But there’s so much to do! So many events, family parties, and church services, etc. that you have to plan for. Even if you get shopping done early, the week before Christmas can still be a beast! 

That’s why we want to offer you a gift. Or rather, point you to the gift Jesus offered his disciples in John 14: 27…

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

The Christ of Christmas became the Christ who offered his disciples peace of mind and heart. And he offers us that same gift. Peace that allows us to just slow down. Take a breath. And just. be. 

So let’s give ourselves a reprieve from the hustle and bustle. Call it a “Christmas Slow Down”. How? Well… find time in the next few days (every day if you can) to stop and just be. Even if it’s just for 20 or 30 minutes. Don’t do anything that needs to be done. Just be in the moment. Cause here’s the secret… It’s okay if you don’t get everything done. It’s okay if you don’t meet every expectation. Accept the free gift of peace of mind and heart.

And at the same time, give the people you love the gift of your presence. Cause I guarantee the people in your life want the gift of you more than they want a gift from you. And you aren’t you when you’re stressed, tired, and running from one thing to the next trying to meet some unrealistic cultural expectation to “do all the things”. 

So maybe this means you mute the notifications and turn off the screens. You might stay home, or maybe go to your favorite place to find rest. Get yourself a warm cup of something and take in the guilt-free joy of slowing down. Or heck, just take a nap. Whatever you need to do to… just don’t let the craziness of the season rob you of the peace it’s meant to bring.

Now, maybe you’re good to go… maybe you’ve already figured this out and have managed to create a stress-free Holiday season for yourself… Awesome! Think of someone in your life who needs to hear these words. Maybe a spouse who you can lift the burden from. Or a friend who is clearly on the verge of a Christmas breakdown. Send this along. Then, go help them slow down. Take them out to coffee. Offer to run some of their errands. Or take some of their to do’s off their plate while they just take a break.

We’re all in this together. Merry Christmas, y’all!

YOU ARE LOVED
YOU ARE VALUED
YOU BELONG

The Family Stump

[ dawn neldon ]

Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot –  yes, a new branch bearing fruit from the old [seemingly dead] root.
– Isaiah 11:1

For some of us the Holidays are a brutal reminder that our family tree looks more like a stump. We watch Hallmark movies and see the families gathered – the children playing board games, the oddly, musically talented cousins breaking into song round the ol’ piano. We long for that closeness. We long for connection. We long for family. And for some of us the holidays remind us that things in our families, things in our lives are not what we’d hoped for.

And that’s why I get weirdly excited about the story of Christmas. Because for many of us Christmas has become a Hallmark ideal (that frankly no family can live up to). But perfect, problem free families filled with people who have it all together was NEVER the story of Christmas. God did not intend for it to be.

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that God could have scripted the arrival of Jesus however he wanted! He could have come in a palace. He could have been born to a king. At least He could have chosen a family that had it all together. But this isn’t that kind of story…

“This is a story about a family – big like a tree – with branches that reached to the sky! But this family got in trouble…and when that happened it was like their family tree kind of crashed to the ground, leaving behind only a stump.”
– Ann Voskamp

The place, the people, the stump of a family- every detail intentional. Every detail communicating something God doesn’t want us to miss.

Jesus came from a stump. HOPE was born into utter brokenness. This is the story of Christmas. If you’re feeling weary – if you’re family feels stump-y – if you’re reality falls short of expectations and you feel broken – God wrote this story for you.

YOU ARE LOVED
YOU ARE VALUED
YOU BELONG

A Broken Christmas 💔🎄

– Dawn Neldon

 

They hid from the Lord God among the trees.
Then the Lord God called to them, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:8-9

Let’s start in the brokenness. Let’s start with the lies, the damaged relationships, the things that happened that couldn’t be undone. The words that were said that couldn’t be unspoken. Even then God came looking. See – Christmas does not start with the pretty, clean birth of a perfect baby with shepherds and cows smiling down (there are so many things wrong with that picture.)

No, Christmas starts in the Garden. Christmas starts with Adam and Eve. Christmas starts when we first believed the lie that God does not, could not love us in all our unloveliness. Christmas starts with brokenness. And I’m so glad.

Because we could be tempted to think that Christmas, in all of it’s sparkle is really for the bright and shiny ones and the have-it-all-together ones. BUT – when we trace the manger back to the brokenness we see the story for what it truly is: this amazing, unbelievable picture of a God who keeps coming for us – the messy and can’t-get-it-together ones.

Christmas started when God went looking for Adam and Eve as they hid among the trees. Christmas started when God called out to His children who had made a terrible mistake and believed a horrible lie. This is the story of Christmas:

“God went looking for Adam and Eve and He didn’t stop until he found them. God’s love never, ever, ever stops looking for you. Even when you do something wrong, even when you are far away from Him, God whispers, ‘My love is always, always coming for you.’”  – Ann Voskamp

You Are Loved
You Are Valued
You Belong

Merry Christmas!

🦃 Thanksgiving Already? 😮

WHAT A YEAR!

This year flew by so fast! How?!

November signals the one year birthday of Uncommon [good]! We teased our one year mark a couple of months ago… But now it’s official…

ONE WHOLE YEAR!

A year of beginnings and learning.

A year of community and party.

A year of stories and freedom.

A year of people engaging faith in new and different ways.

One year ago we cast the vision to bridge the gap between church and culture. We had great ideas about how we were going to do that and we were anxious to start the journey. And now, our Uncommon [community] has a whole year of experience adventuring towards the vision God is calling us to!

This year has felt like a flower blooming. Or a picture coming into focus… slowly revealing the beauty that God knew existed all along. And it’s not over – the journey is still unfolding. But every good journey requires a pit-stop or two where you pause and admire how far you’ve come. Our team has done that in the video at the end of this email. And we will continue to reflect and share stories in the coming weeks…

But for now, here’s what we know: this journey has truly only just begun. The adventure of figuring out how to reclaim truths about life, faith and being humanis just getting started. And all of this – ALL OF THIS – has only been possible because of you – our Uncommon [community].

You, who believed that we could create something new.

You, who believed that it was possible and necessary to re-envision the conversation around faith in our community.

You, who believed that we could create a space for people to belong before they believed.

This year is because of you. And we want to thank you for joining us on the journey. We have big plans for 2019, and – y’all – God is on the MOVE!

We’d love to ask you to continue to partner with Uncommon [good] as we take this next year by storm!

As we all enter this season of giving – give to what God is doing through Uncommon [good]. Literally every donation makes a huge impact towards helping us accomplish the vision that God has called us ALL to!

But we have goal… Cause next week is Giving Tuesday which is a huge fundraising day for non-profits. And we think our Uncommon [community] can make a huge impact on bridging the gap between church and culture. So what’s the goal? Drumroll please…

Let’s raise $10,000 by Giving Tuesday!

That’s 100 people giving $100, or 200 people giving $50.
Yeah, we can do maths!

Will you help us reach our goal? 😁 🙏 👇



 

If you need another nudge, check out this little video we made at one of our favorite spots. In it, we reflect on the year and look forward to the next…

 

Oh, and be sure to save the date for what’s next…

Uncommon Christmas

Sunday, December 2nd, 4 PM
Maderas Golf Club

Adults: $25  //  Kids: $10

Cost covers delicious food and all the Christmas fun!

Christmas is the time when we celebrate a miracle. But it’s also the time we enjoy fun traditions that have nothing to do with said miracle. And guess what… that’s okay!

At Uncommon Christmas, we’ll celebrate the miracle of Jesus and have all the Christmas fun (including Santa) at one time. In one place.

And we have a special musical guest joining us!! You won’t want to miss it.

See you there!

RSVP to Christmas

 

 

You are loved
You are valued
You belong

 

 

 

 

Walls, Doors, and New Beginnings ⛅

Hello!

Cody here. As we gear up for uncommon [worship] this Sunday we’re thinking about newness…

“Every new beginning
Comes from some other
Beginning’s end…”

Ah, yes… the wisdom of late 90’s pop rock.

In case you don’t know the line, it’s from a song called Closing Time by Semisonic. And if you don’t know it, well, then… I’m glad you finally came out from under your rock to read this email. 😉

Now, even though that song is about grabbing the last round and closing up the bar, I find myself hanging on that line. “Every new beginning, comes from some other beginning’s end.” As I typed that line, I let out a heavy sigh. And it’s for two reasons…

One, I’ve known my fair share of endings. Endings that came from what felt like THE beginning. You know? That thing that happened for you that seemed so good and so right, that you thought, “this is it”, “I’ve arrived.” Maybe it was finding the “one”. Maybe it was a new career. Maybe it was an amazing taco shop. Whatever that beginning was, it was exciting and seemed like everything you had been waiting for.

Until it ended.

And you.

were.

crushed.

You thought you’d never have something like that again. You felt like you hit a wall, and there was nothing more to look forward to.

But some time after that, that ending gave way to something new.

If you’re in the midst of that new beginning, lean in. We don’t get them very often, so let yourself experience it. It’s not always gonna be easy. But the best things never are.

Now, if you’re still in the ending, and you haven’t seen the new beginning… If you’re still stuck against the wall… I am here to tell you that maybe your wall… maybe, it’s not a wall at all. Maybe it’s a door. Cause if there’s one thing I know (besides 90’s rock lyrics), it’s this: what feels like a hard stop is often only the start of something new.

And that’s the second reason I love those lyrics…

Because I have seen new beginnings come from the bitterest of ends. To be totally transparent, I am in a new beginning that came from a very rough end. And let me tell you, if someone came to me during that ending and told me what this new beginning was really going to look like, I wouldn’t have believed them. Because when you’re in the midst of the death of something, new life seems like a distant and impossible hope.

But can I give you some hope today?

If you’re in the midst of an ending, believe me when I say, a new beginning is on it’s way. The dying of what is, will certainly hurt. But it WILL give way to new life.

So hang in there!

Oh! And here’s some more rock lyrics to keep you going…

“Yeah, in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to get by
Yeah in this wasteland where I’m livin’
There is a crack in the door filled with light
And it’s all that I need to shine”

Wasteland by NEEDTOBREATHE

I will post links to the songs below.

And if you want some more encrouagement and hope, come hang out with us this Sunday for our Uncommon [worship] Night…

 

Sunday, November 4th, 4PM, Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

This uncommon [worship] night, we’ll be talking about fresh starts. Newness. Healing from old wounds. And letting a new beginning change the course of your story.

We’ll have good food, kid programming and general awesomeness… OH! And… our venue this time is pretty amazing!

But what will make it perfect, is having you there with us, so…

RSVP to WORSHIP

 

And now as promised, here’s those songs I mentioned…

 

YOU ARE LOVED

YOU ARE VALUED

YOU BELONG