Going Through the Motions

In a recent J-League match, Kashima Antlers trailed Cerezo Osaka 1-0 in the first half when a free kick ended up safely in the hands of Cerezo keeper Jin-Hyeon Kim.

The goalkeeper can walk the ball up a little bit, allow his teammates to race up the field, kick it down the field and change his team’s posture from defense to offense.

And, so he does what he has down over and over for day after day, month after month.  He drops the ball and looks downfield.

The mighty (and sneaky) Antlers tied the game on this score and won the match 3-1.

If this is your second day or week or month or year or decade in ministry, DO NOT default to going through and repeating the sloppy motions of your first day or week or month or year or decade in ministry.

I don’t have a clue about what the sports announcers are saying but the groan at the :28 mark, repeated at :44 is the soundtrack of neglectful over-confidence.

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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