55 – The Limit of Speed

Time goes by so quickly, It is always helpful to hit the brakes on a birthday and take a brief glance in the rear-view mirror (where objects might appear closer than they really are) before focusing down on the road before us

Today is a day that we have celebrated before… At 47, as have been many of celebrations of this day, I was working and travelling. At 48, I could barely acknowledge it. At 49, was I really at the top of my game? Probably not. At 50, there was shepherding ducks and expressing gratitude. At 51, there was reflection on digital chutzpah. At 52, there was comment of the confidence that comes with experience. At 53, we prayed. Life lessons at 54 were discerned regarding seeking joy.

Donald Miller recently shared that, when he was younger, he was a victim of a twenty-something mind thinking he had to succeed right now… Therefore, he often set short term goals of becoming successful NOW

In hindsight, he offered this truth: If you set a goal of peaking at 65, you’ll succeed at 25 and keep succeeding for the rest of your life.

This past fall, I had a realignment of my thinking, even before I read Don’s post.  He encourages us all, not matter our age to do excellent work over the long haul out of long-term vision. We stated this month with a few resolutions, here’s another: Work on the effort of winning small battles year after year rather than trying to win the whole war today.

God’s blessings on all those who have and will be with me over the long haul.  What a ride!

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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