What else dictates the pace of our lives more than what is held in these two words?
Memory, how I’ll define it is: the activity or process of recalling how one finds themselves in regard to current insight from past circumstances.
Momentum, how I’ll definite it is: the impetus or force within one’s current disposition that carries an individual in a specific direction.
I don’t know if those definitions are helpful, but they are definitions borrowed from my own perception of how I view those words in regard to pace of life, which I’ll also define.
Pace of life defined by Websters is used to refer to the speed at which changes and events occur
but I’d like to define it as: the time one endures to achieve their desired beginning or end in order to engage or fail to engage in the experiences they value.
Where does God fit in to this?
In part, God watches and intervenes for any who desires or asks.
And I have found these interventions welcome.
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
In this passage, Jesus’ words are true while Peter’s are filled with good intentions. And I would say, in the moment, Peter’s words are reasonable, and his actions during Jesus’ betrayal would implicate those words were sincere.
But what Peter failed to understand in a moment symptomatic of his memory and momentum is the question of: “What if I don’t intend for you to go with me to prison or to death?”
What if my memory sets an expectation for a situation in which God does not intend for me to use my momentum for? And what if my momentum is sidetracked by the creation of a new memory? And what if all these symptoms of self require a divine intervention?
Chances are these symptoms will require the divine, not because memory or momentum are evil, rather they are incomplete. They are not synonymous with faithfulness. And therein lies the difficulty, having a good memory or positive momentum does not make me faithful. It might help me accelerate the pace of life, but they do not make me faithful. Yet faithfulness, not high-efficiency productivity is what God is after.
When the Son of man returns, will he find faith on the earth, not will he find great accomplishments on the earth?
Today, I had a bad day, (I haven’t had many of those in the past 3 months) I was stressed at work, anxious about changes that will happen, frustrated about changes that haven’t happened despite “hard work”, my memory threw every good and bad significant experience to the forefront of my mind, while my momentum has been forward moving and through it I heard the voice of God asking me:
What do you want, and what do you think I want?
I want fullness of life in Christ and all that comes with it, and I know God wants all of me including my memory and momentum whether good or bad. I believe the word faithfulness works well to sum up what God wants in regard to memory and momentum because of the way it is translated in Greek.
The Greek word Pistos also means reliable. Memory and momentum are helpful insofar as their reliability in my pursuit of following Jesus. If they feed my fears or apprehension, those two things have become unreliable setters of pace.
Faith sets pace in place of fear.