Defining Moment: #OC12 Intro

Matt Norman —  May 2, 2012
In January 1986 The Space Shuttle Challenger was set to launch. Moments after it left the platform something went terribly wrong. The space shuttle exploded,killing all seven astronauts. This was a defining moment for NASA.

On September 11, 2001 four planes were hi-jacked and flown in the Twin Towers in New York and into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. This was a defining moment for our entire country.
Throughout our lives there are events that serve to define us. Often times we don’t even see these “defining moments” coming. If we’re lucky, these defining moments will be ordained by God. When I look back on the 2012 Orange Conference, I know that it was a defining moment in my life.
Those that attended may be thinking that this was a great conference, but that you probably wouldn’t call it a defining moment. For those that did not attend you might be wondering if it could really have been that good. Well, with over 5000 people in attendance I think I can say with confidence that it was probably not a defining moment for all of them, but it was for me.
There was great music and great lighting on the main stage. There was high quality signage, and great vendors. There was some really good FREE coffee and almost more free stuff that I could fit into my carry on bag. However, none of those things really made it a defining moment. There was some really good drama, good food, and even a well-done tribute to Micheal Jackson’s Thriller; but none of those took the event to the level of defining moment.
Don’t get me wrong I LOVED all of this stuff, but no matter how well they are done, these things alone could never turn an event into a defining moment.
So, what made the difference? What was it that makes me so convinced that my life will be different after this event? Well, let me tell you.
  • People: With over 5000 people registered for the conference I had a few God ordained meetings with individual people. In the next parts in this series I will tell you about the people that I met and how they have changed my life.
  • God Inspired Messages: There were a number of great main sessions and breakouts, but there some that really changed the way I looked at certain things.
Stay tuned for these next posts as I share with you why these things were life changing and the effect they have had on me.

Matt Norman

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Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Kim and together they have two wonderful kids. Matt is a part time children’s pastor at The Rock of Winter Haven, in the appropriately named town of Winter Haven, Florida. In his spare time Matt is an avid automotive enthusiast and a self confessed computer nerd and tech junkie.

One response to Defining Moment: #OC12 Intro

  1. Matt,
    I could tell from your tweets that you were gaining some really great insights. Looking forward to reading more!