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I ruined Easter

Yep. I didn’t think it was possible but I found a way.

It was my first year at Cross Point. I wanted it to be the BEST! Our team worked together and I felt like I was pushing some new things. We hired a grammy nominated rapper to write & perform a spoken word. We picked a song we thought was perfect for the close. Our stags were designed and strategic. Everything felt cool and full of great art. We created videos and promotional tools that we really believed were going to work.

It didn’t.

The pieces all came together for run-thru and it was time to see the program for the first time.

It was wrong. WAY wrong. We didn’t create an awesome Easter service…we created a decently cool Good Friday service and executed it as an Easter celebration.

I remember standing in the booth totally bummed. I was upset, embarrassed, and really wanted to die. The thoughts that this could keep people from experiencing the excitement and hope of Easter were haunting me. I went home Saturday night discouraged and completely exhausted by the idea of having to go back and live through another day of services.

And I learned a few things.

Context matters. It matters as much as cool does so make sure you have it.

Make the right thing for the right date! Duh.

Monday is coming and it is going to be ok. When we fail we have to get up and keep going. Failure helps teach us. The truth is we learn a lot more from failing than we do from succeeding.

Easter is big. It is in front of us right now and we are about to be overwhelmed. Pray. Give your best. Test things and manage your risk taking (thats what the summer is for).

You got this…and if you don’t I am a living example that even when you ruin the day that is the cornerstone of our faith you can get up and keep going.

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