He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
Wednesday evening Rebekah and I went out to dinner then walked around Crabtree Mall. It was a deliberate “we’re on vacation” thing to do and we enjoyed the evening immensely. A “staycation” at home runs the risk of being no different than life-as-usual so this week we’re being deliberate about making it special.
So we dined al fresco and then we went to a different restaurant for dessert and in between we walked around the mall, laughing and holding hands and trying on clothes we knew we couldn’t afford.
We’ve been asking ourselves the question: “What do vacation people look like?” and we’ve been trying to live that way and – in consequence – we’re kind of relaxed.
Are we relaxed and have more fun because we’re on vacation? Or are we “doing vacation things” and so, of course, we’re having fun?
Chickens and Eggs:
I often think about – and have been involved in many discussions regarding – a similar chicken and egg thing about living the life of a Christian. Is it a matter of “do these things” and then you’re obviously a Christian? Or is it more a matter of “give your life to Jesus and “the fruit of the Spirit” will just come?
Sometimes I think we’re too much, “God will lead me because I’m saved…,” when God is more inclined to say, “Jesus has shown you what to do and what the evidences are when it comes to faith – so just get on with it why don’t you!”
I like the way the New Testament writer puts it in James 2:14-18
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
So, show me your vacation without fun… and I will show you our vacation by our fun together!
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.