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full speed into whatever – it’s a rush!

one hand on the wheel, roof open, hanging my head out of the window, and feeling the breeze.

those who want to love life
    and see good days
should keep their tongue from evil speaking
    and their lips from speaking lies.
 They should shun evil and do good;
    seek peace and chase after it. – 1 Peter 3:10-11

I know it sounds cliché but, “can you believe where this month has gone?” That’s right, folks, it’s May 30 already and I swear it was just yesterday I posted something about the New Year “off to the races” and having a hard time processing the fact that “no way it’s almost February already?”

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I can prove that time does in fact speed up the longer we live. Don’t worry, the math isn’t that hard! On our first birthday 12-months represents 100% of our life, right? That ratio drops to 10% by the time we are ten, then just 5% at twenty. By the time I turned fifty a year was a mere 2% of my life. Today, at a little more than sixty-two, one year is an even smaller portion of my time on earth, just 1.6%.

You can see the progression: 100, 10, 2, 1.6… time is picking up speed every day. I am literally racing into the future.

Another factor is the joy and the beauty and the interest every day holds. My work, for instance, is never the same. During May I have written:

  • an article on parenting for,
  • a column on social action for the Christian Voice in Tampa,
  • a profile of a theologian for the Florida Methodists,
  • a series of posts on tough social issues,
  • and a couple of chapters in my new novel.

Additionally, I’m:

  • preparing to keynote a pastor’s gathering for an adjacent Presbytery,
  • teaching Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis,
  • leading an ongoing study of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel,
  • and I’ve actually been paid for work as a photographer.

My point is that life – even when it is difficult in many ways – is always engaging and challenging and full. We can view each new day as an imposition or an opportunity, a gift or a chore, and we can apply either belief or doubt, creativity or cynicism, positive energy or the torpor of resignation.

1-IMG_1722So this morning – racing full speed ahead two months into my sixty-third year – I find myself pretty much committed to keeping one hand on the wheel, roof open, hanging my head out of the window, and feeling the breeze.

It’s a rush – DEREK


About derekmaul

Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, 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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