more snow, and a renewed mind

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IMG_8103-001But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have (he thinks differently – he has a different spirit). He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. – Numbers 14:24

Sunday afternoon – finally – we managed to dig out my parents’ steep driveway… and now this morning it’s been snowing for the past four-five hours.

You may or may not have wanted more snow photos today. But then again we may not have wanted any more snow. But here it is… and here we are. So I might as well say, “Isn’t this beautiful,” and enjoy the signal blessing of being here in Wake Forest.

DSC_0071-001PLUG FROM THE MAYOR: There’s nothing like a good boost of encouragement when you need one. I may not be selling many books nowadays (come on, people, it would only take a few of you to get the ball rolling again!), but it turns out that the mayor of Wake Forest liked a recent column enough to use a Derek Maul quote to conclude her “State of the Town” speech Monday evening.

More than a “plug,” I see Mayor Jones’ reference as an indication that, beyond simply being a newcomer, I am now contributing to the collective consciousness of “what it means to live here in this community.”

Being a writer involves the responsibility to introduce new thoughts, to get inside people’s heads and hearts and help to shape the way they see things… but it also involves helping people to articulate the way they already think, and feel, and believe, and to help give other people a voice too.

Even if they are the mayor.


IMG_8090Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2

The Romans 12 quote – along with the “thinks differently” verse from Numbers – remains one of my consistent favorites, and the idea expressed speaks poignantly to what is on my heart today.

We all have this opportunity to help others think new thoughts, and to live new lives. God gives us access to others in varying contexts and to varying degrees. But the truth is that what makes the most difference is not so much something big – a quote that gets a lot of “hits” or “air time” or public exposure – as it is the cumulative, accumulated, impact of tens, and hundreds, and thousands of witnesses living faith out loud from day-to-day.

this morning...
this morning…

That would be you, my friends. Emissaries of new life. Reasons – good reasons – to make the world give pause, to take note, and to believe.

In love, and because of love – DEREK

PS – if you enjoy this blog, and find it to be an encouragement, please consider sharing. Thanks a bunch – DEREK







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