Thursday, November 19, 2015

WE Commit

Commitment. It’s about as misunderstood as often as it is misspelled. Many are afraid of commitment. Others conclude commitment limits choices and therefore limits life. And others are afraid of failing—so we think that not committing reduces our chances of failing.

Sunset at The Water's Edge

Commitment isn’t the opposite of freedom. Commitment is the beginning of freedom. Freedom isn’t the ability to choose between many things or people or situations. That is chaos. And chaos isn’t freedom.

Freedom is simply the ability to truly be oneself. Nothing more and nothing less. And that is where commitment comes in. Jesus says that true freedom is achieved when we are committed to God, to others, and have an appropriate level of commitment to ourselves. 

The Water’s Edge is about commitment. We exist to help people commit to God and others. We exist to commit helping each other raise our children together. And we exist to commit to helping hurting, poor, marginalized, and oppressed people—right here in Omaha and all over the world. 

WE decided, from day one, WE weren’t going to just be consumers of a religious product, but participants in the Kingdom of God. Religion isn’t just part of our lives; Christianity is the relationship which drives all other areas of our lives. The Water’s Edge isn’t about what God can do for us; The Water’s Edge is about what God does in us and through us. 

Today is the last day of our From The Ground Up campaign. It’s been a journey. The From the Ground Up leadership team, the building team, and the church leadership team have demonstrated what it means to be committed to God, each other, and our community. The time, the effort, the prayers, the sacrifice, and the commitment are all inspiring. To date, 40 families have committed $1,400,000 toward our building. That is $35,000 per family!

Reaching our stretch goal of $2,500,000 isn’t going to be easy. Nothing in life worthwhile is ever easy. People are going to have to give at levels we haven’t given before. But the people of The Water’s Edge have risen, responded, met, and surpassed every challenge and obstacle WE have ever faced. This challenge will be no different. 

Tomorrow is also the first day of the rest of our lives together. WE will keep loving and serving God, each other, our city, and the world. WE will follow wherever God leads us as WE remain committed to God, each other, and the world. 

The best it yet to come… 


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