Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. – Colossians 3:16
It’s Sunday morning; just about my favorite part of the week. I do love Sundays, especially getting up with the idea of heading into worship with our beautiful church family foremost in my mind; you just can’t beat it.
But it’s more than simply spending time with the members of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, or enjoying the wonderful music, or feeling fed by the sermon, or even drinking in the presence of God; heading into worship is an intentional statement that I am purposefully aligning myself with the sacred rhythms of a balanced, spiritually attuned, life.
Heading into worship is an intentional statement that I am purposefully aligning myself with the sacred rhythms of a balanced, spiritually attuned, life.
You see, as human beings we were created for the expressed purpose of relationship with God. When we reject that proposition, or pay lip service to faith without incorporating the sacred into the breathing in and breathing out, the heartbeat of our life, then we are fundamentally out of kilter.
I don’t know about you, but I have learned on a consistent basis that when I rely on myself, or believe I have everything nicely figured out to the extent that God essentially drops from my active consciousness, or simply begin to cultivate a preference for a version of life that revolves around something other than God (work, recreation, self, politics, even family…) – then not only do I lose my edge, but I lose my peace, and I lose touch with the deep sense of purpose that a more fully engaged Christian walk affirms.
It’s an active process, this journey of being a disciple, a moment by moment reordering of ourselves toward God. It’s something that requires a dynamic faith community where we can be rooted. Or, as the mission statement of WFPC expresses our life together: “Rooted in Christ; growing together in faith; reaching out to others.”
How, then, can people call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:14-15
And the Gospel of Love is very good news – DEREK
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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.