Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

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Tell those who are rich to do good—to be rich in good works. And tell them they should be happy to give and ready to share. By doing this, they will be saving up a treasure for themselves. And that treasure will be a strong foundation on which their future life will be built. They will be able to have the life that is true life. – 1 Timothy 6:18-19

Yesterday was my wife Rebekah’s birthday, and we enjoyed our usual low-key celebration. Generally, we’re a “celebrate every day” kind of a family – because life rocks! But this time around her birthday had a zero on the end, so the day also marked a transition into a new decade and – of course – that gives me an excuse to be more reflective.

Naomi and the grands came down from Richmond, so that effectively took the “low-key” out of the day. However, having David and Beks climbing all over her is Rebekah’s idea of a treat so it was win-win. The children were delighted to be with “Grandmama” and Rebekah enjoyed every moment.

DSC_0885ADVENTURE: I was – I am -reflecting on the phenomenal depth and richness that is the intersection of my life with Rebekah’s. We started dating February of 1977, will have been married 37 years this time next month, and have learned to understand that this life we live together is a moment-by-moment safari-like nothing-held-back adventure… despite our best efforts sometimes to make it a Holland America cruise with the early seating for dinner. This life together is – in the vernacular of 1970’s Disney – an E-ticket ride!

Our life together is – in the vernacular of 1970’s Disney – an E-ticket ride!

I admit I may well have paparazzi tendencies, but Rebekah’s 60th birthday is a good excuse to mark the passing of time by capturing some key images. So I photographed Rebekah with the grandchildren, I took pictures of the children themselves, and then I set up the classic “Birthday portrait with Scout Labradoodle.” Scout was Rebekah’s 50th birthday gift, and I’m going to have to find the original photo somewhere to do a side-by-side.

All told, it was a better-than-good day. More than anything, our celebration reminded me of how precious relationships are, and how critically important it is that we constantly take the time to nurture what turns out to be the heart of the human experience.

DSC_0944We were created for relationship. Relationship with God, and also relationship with one another. There is nothing that comes close to being this important. There is nothing that comes close to being this good.

Peace – and real love – DEREK

 

 

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