I have experienced a number of humbling moments in my life. I’m too embarrassed to share most of them. I have worked with teenagers most of my life. They don’t let you get away with anything!!!
I learned a few years ago not to quote from Charles Shultz’s classic cartoon strip, “Peanuts”. If you don’t enunciate the “t” it sounds a lot like an anatomical body part. Needless to say, one Sunday night while giving my sermon at youth group, I was illustrating a point using Charlie Brown. The middle school boys burst out laughing. It got worse. Not knowing what I did, I said the name of the comic strip again. They laughed louder. I still didn’t get it. It wasn’t until the sixth or seventh time when I realized what they were hearing me say. Humiliated!! Humbled for sure. And, I was a little frustrated with myself. Lost was the point I was trying to make. I’m hopeful that God doesn’t tally those mistakes.
The Youth Ministry Institute is entering its 8th year. Things have gone well. People in Florida know who we are. I have met people from around the United States who now know that we exist. I’m not looking for notoriety. But, it is important the Youth Ministry Institute become known for providing excellent training for youth ministers. Endorsements by people who are familiar with the work we do helps youth ministers and churches get the training they need. Our vision is to help local churches become more effective at forming the faith of young people so that the world will be positively impacted.
That is why we stepped up our game last month on our Facebook page. We are increasing our Twitter presence. And, I am trying to write more blogs.
So, I’m feeling pretty good about our effort. People seem to know about us. We are receiving a decent amount of referrals.
Then, one of our board members tells me about alexa.com. Evidently, this web site can tell you how popular your web site is. Awesome. I know that we aren’t #1. But, I’m thinking we should be in the thousands some place.
You can already predict the ending, right? You would think I could predict the ending, too. I’ve been down this road before. In college I was in a play. I played Mr. Paravicini in The Mousetrap. It was a great show. I worked on an Italian accent, memorized my lines and felt pretty good about my performance. At the end of the school year, all of the actors from all of the plays produced by the university attended an awards dinner. I felt sure I would receive some sort of award for my performance. I thought I had done that well. Others told me I had performed “surprisingly”. I had worked hard. I am not exaggerating when I tell you this. Every actor that had a major role in The Mousetrap received an award except for me. I was devastated.
Last week, for the first time, I saw our alexa ranking. yminstitute.com received a ranking of 22 million!!! What??? 22 million web sites are more popular than yminstitute.com. Humbling. Maybe if I write yminstitute.com a few more times we can move up in the ranking.
So, I guess if you are one of the dozen people that read my blog, you now have a duty to tell your friends to visit the web site. Go to our Facebook page and like us. Follow us on Twitter at YMinInstitute (which I know is confusing because yminstitute is taken). In the fall we will have a YouTube channel (yministitute). Surely, we can move up in the rankings a little bit.
Hear is the good news. I visited alexa.com today. In one week we moved up 200,000. We are on our way. Hmmm. I decided to do a little math. At that rate, in 110 weeks we will be #1. Right? As Charlie Brown exclaims often after his optimism is shattered, “Good Grief!”