God’s perfect rhythm – breathing in faith and breathing out love…

  • Question: What’s even better than playing golf with friends?
  • Answer: Playing golf while supporting missions at WFPC!

1-IMG_2332Saturday afternoon a bunch of variously skilled Presbyterians played the annual Wake Forest Presbyterian Church mission golf tournament, best-ball format, over at the Wendell Country Club. I’ve got to tell you, North Carolina has absolutely the best topography for golf. What a spectacular afternoon!

Team golf is one of the most encouraging games you can play. It’s about playing only the best shots, and knowing that someone else is going to hit well (usually) and cover for your mistake. It really does “take a village” to get the ball into the hole sometimes, and then everyone gets to enjoy the benefit – even if no-one on the team made a really decent swing.

For some reason, yesterday, my driving was solid, straight, and extremely long. I actually won the “longest drive” competition. (not generally my forte)! Here’s my theory: I believe I was able to relax more because I knew that Dan and Jim were going to hit good shots too. Being relaxed is exactly the best approach to hitting the ball a long way. Good timing is more important than brute strength, and Lord knows I’ve never had the latter.

1-IMG_2335This is my tie-in to a devotional thought this Sunday morning. The best way to be effective in anything we do – work, relationships, golf, faith – is to hit our rhythm. Not trying too hard, not pushing it, but getting the timing right. And the best way to get our timing right is to be in synch with Creator God – the one who designed us, who loves us, and who delights in watching us do our best and enjoy success.

I wish I had a video of those five or six drives when I totally crushed it to the extent that my mouth was hanging open in amazement. I think what we’d see would be a guy under no pressure, enjoying himself, relaxed, confident, swinging easily, and completely stress-free.

That’s how God wants us to live. Joie de Vivre, in synch with the rhythm of God, breathing in faith and breathing out love, not practicing religion so much as living “in Christ.”

That’s how God wants us to live. Joie de Vivre, in synch with the rhythm of God, breathing in faith and breathing out love, not practicing religion so much as living “in Christ.”

Fun – lots of it. Money and awareness for mission – quite a bit. And fellowship with good people serving a beautiful Savior.

– Peace, joy, and love – 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.

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