“TEXAS LONGHORNS & MOMENTUM”

Pam and I have been traveling to Austin for the past eight years attending Texas Longhorn baseball games on the weekend.  If we were closer, we would also attend the mid-week games.

Our route varies from time to time.  Sometimes we travel through Brenham, but most of the time we go through College Station.  In 2004 we noticed the beginning of construction for a new building in College Station.  The construction progressed rather slow for a year and then seemed to stop all together.  For seven years we have passed this building project and wondered what it was and what was taking so long.  Well, this spring, it was completed and we saw the name on the front of the building…MOMENTUM PLAZA.  This seemed like a peculiar name because the construction project appeared to have no MOMENTUM at all.

Well, my curiosity finally got the best of me after 7 years, so I checked into what MOMENTUM PLAZA was all about.  The building is 10 stories tall and after construction reached the top, the top floor was finished.  After this floor was finished, the remaining floors were completed…sort of a top down operation.  Most of the construction I had witnessed in the past was bottom up, not top down.  This new building will house American Momentum Bank, so that is the reason for the name MOMENTUM PLAZA.  The project was started in 2004 and the construction stalled.  The owner, cancelled the contract with the construction company and formed his own construction company to complete the project.  So, now after 7 years, the building is complete.  The reason the top floor was finished first is because the owners office is on this floor.  When MOMENTUM is lost, it is time to refocus on the goal and regain MOMENTUM.

This project has nothing to do with Longhorn baseball.  In fact, it is in College Station and the home of the TAMU Aggies.  A couple of weekends ago, The Longhorns hosted the Regional Tournament.  After winning the first game, they lost the second game and were then forced to play in the loser’s bracket.  One loss and they would be out of the tournament as well as the playoffs leading to The College World Series in Omaha.  It was time to refocus on the ultimate goal and reach down deep to find MOMENTUM.  They needed to win a doubleheader on Saturday to play in the Regional Championship game.  Their backs were up against the wall and came together as a team to win three games to be Regional Champs and host the Super Regional Tournament the next weekend against Arizona State University.

Last weekend at the Super Regional, The Longhorns lost the first of a three game series.  Again, their backs were against the wall.  It was win the next two games or stay home.  They needed to refocus on the goal of going to Omaha for a record 34th time and gain the MOMENTUM to make that happen.  It happened and it was a great thing to see.

I watched the other Super Regional Tournaments  and saw the winners in their “dog pile.”  The pictures (not very clear) below do not show a Longhorn “dog pile.”  The only time they consider appropriate for a “dog pile” is when they accomplish the goal of being Champions at the College World Series.  In 2002 and 2005, the Longhorns lost the first game of the Super Regional and won the CWS.  I am not saying that this is a sign they will win this year.  I am only pointing out that they came from being down to traveling the Road to Omaha.  It would be great if this happened again and it is possible if they continue to find their MOMENTUM and play as a team.

Getting ready to sing “The Eyes of Texas.”

The Tower was Orange Sunday Night!

Luke 7:46-49:

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately if fell.  And the ruin of that house was great.”

When we become troubled because we have lost our MOMENTUM, we must return to the firm foundation, Jesus, refocus on the goals that God has for us.  From the experiences of the past we are able to make the necessary adjustments and regain that lost MOMENTUM.  In doing this we accomplish upward MOMENTUM rather than downward MOMENTUM.  At this point we have come to a crisis in belief which requires FAITH AND ACTION.

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One Response to ““TEXAS LONGHORNS & MOMENTUM””

  1. Eusebia Says:

    Very good article. I will be experiencing many of these issues as well..

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