I have enjoyed a lot of positive feedback and good conversation around Friday’s post (if you want to be contented, happy, and positive – read this). It’s always gratifying to know that I have helped a few people to connect the dots in some way when it comes to the journey of life.
The fact of yesterday’s writing made this photograph of Scout Labradoodle – now more commonly know as Scout Couch-doodle (full photograph below) – even more amusing. Our dog obviously has this whole contentment issue figured out; anxiety is never a question, because she trusts us completely.
My trust in God – our trust in God as a family – isn’t that God will make all our challenges and difficulties disappear, but that God is faithful, that God will be with us. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). God’s promise is presence, comfort, guidance, and salvation. Not the avoidance of difficulty so much as companionship along the path.
For he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid? What can anyone do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6
SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS AND THE POLITICS OF FEAR:
Earlier today, at our Saturday morning Bible study, we talked about the connection of faith to vitality – vitality being that sense of aliveness, the verve that marks life as purposeful and full. We noted that a lack of spiritual vigor, and limited enthusiasm for living, is often complicit in missing initiative, diminished creativity, and the absence of motivation.
There is a correlation, too, between spiritual emptiness and the malady of disaffection and rage that so evidently plagues our current national political discourse. Many people are empty, dissatisfied, angry, and lost – but they don’t know why, and the result is this massive existential dilemma that is quite stunning in terms of scale and reach.
I’m throwing out a lot of thoughts this morning, and I’m not necessarily trying to connect all the dots I’ve left on this page… But it does make me wonder about the politics of rage, fear, and disaffection. Maybe what’s needed is a spiritual solution. Maybe what this nation needs is a revival around Jesus – not the political wing of hard-right religion, but Jesus….
not the political wing of hard-right religion, but Jesus….
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.