I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10
Putting a garden hose in the hands of a six-year-old is always a potential fun photo-op situation. It begins with careful watering of the flowers and usually ends in some kind of a free-for-all. Fortunately, her brother was next door at the time, playing checkers with his great-grandmother.
Oh, we have done a good job of keeping the children engaged in various activities, but most of the best fun they have had all week has been spontaneous, self-generated, imaginative play.
Sunday the visiting preacher came home for lunch and David explained to him in detail how he intends to be an “Imagineer” one day, working at Disney World. Not just a monorail driver anymore – which was his original goal – but someone who creates, designs, builds, understands, engineers brand new attractions.
Not just playing. Not just thinking imaginatively. Not just learning. But doing all this and more all at the same time.
So I told him about a young space engineer I heard interviewed on NPR the other day. She is 24-years old and already one of the lead designers working on a vehicle that will be heading to Mars. She is a rocket scientist not just because she uses her imagination but because she has worked so hard, and soaked up knowledge like a sponge. In other words, she has never lost that child-like sense of wonder and play and love for learning.
Yes, I was thinking about all this when Beks was soaking herself with the garden hose and David was enthusiastically describing his engineering project with Disney to a very patient visiting preacher.
This is why I have adopted the credo, “Live Like You Mean It!” You see, and I always follow up with this explanatory phrase: “Because God certainly meant something important and worthwhile when I (when you) was (were) anticipated, imagined, created, formed as a human person, and placed here in this good earth.”
I will be driving them back to Virginia today. Then I am going to see what I can possibly do about getting down to some serious writing.
Life is good. Life is full. I pray that we all honor the generous and ambitious intention of The Creator in how we respond to this daily opportunity to live!
Peace, and more peace – DEREK
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.