“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
I have several cool pictures to share this morning. Rebekah and I drove up to Richmond to see the grandchildren, and they are as photogenic as ever. Not just cute but fun too! They love books, they play with creative imaginations, and they seem to genuinely enjoy the company of their grandparents.
Our daughter Naomi thought this excursion would make for a great opportunity for her favorite chef to prepare dinner Sunday evening; so I spent a few hours Saturday making my best spaghetti sauce, and preparing some home-made pasta. The reviews are in and apparently I did very well.
(Maybe I’ll share the spaghetti sauce recipe another day)
We are so spectacularly blessed. To spend Sunday morning with our dynamic, joyful, love-soaked faith-community, and then be able to enjoy dinner in Richmond with Naomi, Craig, and the children; well – unless Andrew and Alicia were also living in the area – it really doesn’t get any better than that.
And I can’t help but think – again – about how simple is the essential formula for “The Good Life.” To love, and to know that we are loved; to be free, and to respect the freedom of others; to have enough, and to know what enough is; to enjoy faith-based community, and to experience reconciliation with God; to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all our mind; and to love our neighbor as ourself.
- To love, and to know that we are loved;
- to be free, and to respect the freedom of others;
- to have enough, and to know what enough is;
- to enjoy faith-based community,
- to experience reconciliation with God;
- to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, and with all our mind; and to love our neighbor as ourself.
We sure do complicate life, don’t we? And we work hard prioritize so much that is completely unrelated to – and often at odds with – the simple principles outlined in the bullet list above.
I’ve said this before; but it bears repeating. If you find yourself confused regarding the essential priorities of the good life, then I have a couple of recommendations:
- Show up at church, open your heart wide, and make a commitment to follow Jesus.
- Make sure to spend at least an hour every week in the company of pre-school-aged children. Open your heart wide, and let them teach you.
In love, and because of the powerful truth that love is – DEREK
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.