God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me (Colossians 1).
Today’s post concerns the challenge of being consistently positive in a world full with disappointment, difficulty, heartache, pain, and strife.
Or, to put the subject line in the form of a question, “How can Derek Maul justify the consistently upbeat tone of his writing given the reality of life on planet Earth?”
There’s a concern – and it’s been expressed by more than one visitor to this site – that my writing fails to relate to readers who “live in the real world;” as if the way I engage life is somehow alien, or unattainable for “regular people.”
The implication (the ergo) is that “The Life-Charged Life” is either a fabrication, or that it is out of reach for “the average person.”
EXPLANATION: So I’d like to offer not so much a defense of The Life-Charged Life as a testimony to the truth of what I am experiencing, and then writing about in this space (see “This week’s Video-Post” above).
Jesus made the following observation: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Paul pushed the idea a little further when he suggested that those of us who follow The Way are – essentially – God’s object lesson for those who need to find that kind of hope. “Christ in you…” he said, “equals hope for everyone else.”
“FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!” (LIKE THE STONES ALWAYS SAY): My conclusion is that I have to be honest about the peace, the joy, and the vitality that inhabit my experience of this “Life-Charged Life.”
Or, as Jesus put it when someone suggested his followers needed to pipe-down a little, “I say to you that if [my disciples] would be silent, the very stones along the side of the road would be crying out loud” (Luke 19:40).
Like I said, friends, “Life is good.” – DEREK
This week’s VIDEO-POST:
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.