As a youth pastor for 9 years, I experienced both positive and negative momentum. If we had a few student leaders (not by title, but by practice) who were genuinely excited about our group and what we were up to, the group would take off for a period of time. On the opposite end, if we had some prominent students who were negative about the group, it could really kill any momentum we seemed to have. I think we often tried to spiritualize those realities when we tried to explain them, but maybe it was just a practical reality of momentum.
This year the Detroit Red Wings were one of the best NHL teams early on in the season (if not THE best). After several injuries, toward the end of the season they went on a huge slide. Just before the playoffs they got most of their players back, but they never regained the momentum they had earlier in the season. They were just ousted from the playoffs after getting dominated by the Nashville Predators 4 games to 1.
It’s not ministry or a professional sport, but apparently small-time blogs are effected by momentum as well. Early on in this project, I was genuinely excited. The blog was new, it was fun, and it was something I had wanted to do for some time. I posted regularly for the first 3 months. Toward the end of the 3rd month, I had a couple of really busy weeks, followed up by a family vacation. I lost momentum. When I got back, it was stinking hard to even open up WordPress and start writing again.
April ended up being a wasted month in terms of the blog. I tried to salvage it about a week and a half in, but I never really got any traction either with practicing the first 3 months habits or writing about it. Admittedly, it’s pretty hard to write about something you’re not working on! Without trying, I ended up refraining from embrace/refrain for April.
When our momentum was down in youth group, we would look hard at some things we could do to get the group excited about our community. It didn’t always work, but we didn’t just sit around and accept that our groups momentum was going in the wrong direction. We did something about it. The Red Wings will definitely be busy in the offseason trying to correct the slide that happened at the end of this season. They will work hard to change their momentum. In the bigger picture of life, ministry, work, family, etc; this blog isn’t that big of a deal. However, I do want to finish out the experiment that I set out to do at the end of 2011, as I have already seen some great benefits from trying to work on better habits and discipline. I need to do some work on getting that momentum back.
I think May will be an embrace of blogging. I will try to post as often as possible. Do I shoot for every day?