Pushing the Snowball

Wow… the last few weeks have been exciting.

Programs have been wrapping up. Yet, I have been very intentional and proactive about “What’s Next?

My first full year has involved some learning curve failures, lots of maintenance, and a subtle amount of tweaking. My recent two weeks, however, have involved some real differences:

  • I am rested.  I’m three books down and have be reconnecting with my life. Yet,
  • I am really busy in the few and far between moments that I have dedicated to office, ministry, being creative.

And, here is the thing:  The past two weeks, I have not been serving as a modern day youth ministry Greek god Atlas. Remember, he was the one carrying all the weight on my shoulders.  (which, I have done on my way to school barefoot and uphill navigating icy sidewalks both ways.)  Instead of just doing stuff, the past days have involved starting stuff. This has all been about some subtle shifts. I am  watching what is happening and I can see the differences that are happening and are to occur.

Here’s the difference…  I have been pushing snowballs downhill.  There have been these little moments

  • That once things got started rolling by packing all your inventiveness and dreams together and intentionally walking them to the crest of the hill, and by
  • Pushing as in actually nudging the snowball on its way and, more importantly, letting go and letting gravity and God take over, you discover that your
  • Imagination has no limits as to what might stick or accumulate as you release the snowball but, it is an
  • Incredible Show as you watch it pick up size and speed, making an impact on anything in its path.  There are things to note, modifications to be made, and lessons learned for future snowballs

And it has been cool.  Not just one snowball, but two, three, four snowballs over the past fortnight. And look at them roll.

It may be a season of the yearly schedule where I am to be worn out and a little crunchy.  Heck, it might even supposed to be a season in my life where that is true.  And May certainly is not a great season for snowballs, but here I am packing, pushing, imagining, and enjoying the show.

As Spring rounds the corner into Summer, what snowballs do you have ruminating in your ministry?

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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