faith rooted in light, life, kindness, and imagination

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this… – Galatians 5:22-23

I’ve been telling two stories this week. The spectacular WFPC VBS narrative, played out every evening at our church, and then the companion Sunday through Friday “Camp Grandparent” experience.

Today I’m going to wrap up the week with some focused thoughts and a few random images.

Imaginative Play:

1-IMG_0247This is an ongoing theme for me, and a drum I will never stop beating. I’m not against electronic toys, but they absolutely need to be more than balanced by the classic games of hands-on, use-your-imagination, and make-it-up-as-you-go-along.

To that end, this week was all about the playground, blank pages, coloring, painting, play-doh, blocks, water games with the hose, books, board-games, free-style storytelling, museums etc. All told over five days, David and Beks experienced a grand total of maybe one hour of screen-time.

Children who have worked that hard at play all day tend to get into less trouble, eat their food without complaining, and then sleep really well.

Love love love:

1-IMG_0259-001The other thing that’s at the front of my mind is courtesy. Our grandchildren’s parents are doing a stellar job teaching them to be kind, polite, generous, and grateful. These four qualities are sadly absent in much of today’s public discourse and the behavior of too many people in general.

Obviously, David and Beks are just kids. They have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but they are being grounded in an orientation toward other people that is respectful and kind. This is not only critically important but it is completely within the reach of every family. We must start early and if we’re at all behind, then start now – and above all model this in our own dealings with other people in all circumstances.


1-IMG_0236Not many children get to enjoy great-grandparents to the extent that they know them well enough to remember. David and Beks are privileged in this way with my mum and dad and it adds another rich layer of heritage in terms of knowing who they are and where they come from and what is important.

I had a conversation with a friend over breakfast this morning about the extent of our influence as people of faith. For some it may just be themselves or immediate family, for others the reach goes well beyond. I believe that the faith – and the faithfulness – of my parents (and Rebekah’s too, who never knew David or Beks) reaches down through the years and the generations, and will do – is doing – good in the world through their ongoing witness to life and to light.

Here are some random images from the week. But let’s not be random when it comes to how we live – DEREK


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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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  1. Very nice! Made my heart sing to read this! Such lucky, happy children–to have so many in their lives who love them, guide them, and appreciate who they are! Kudos to all!

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