By Derek Maul

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5.

One of my most important tasks over the past couple of weeks has been editing the final draft of my new book. Unlike many authors who don’t enjoy the writing process (especially the editing phase), this turns out to be one of my favorite aspects of production.

I enjoy the fine-tuning and the finessing part of the process because it’s like presenting a great meal. We already know it’s solid and good (like tenderloin steak and a baked potato) but now I want to make sure that it’s all cooked to perfection, served with just the right sauce, and then presented with tender asparagus, the potatoes twice-baked and garnished, the rolls fresh from the oven, a glass of Cabernet on the side.

So I’m taking a book comprised of ingredients I’m already very happy with – the meat and potatoes – and I’m taking the time to do what’s necessary to bring out the best flavors. This way my readers won’t only be nourished, and filled, but they will enjoy the entire experience.

It turns out that my life is a continual editing process too, always building on the good foundation. I’m deeply grateful for the gift of each new day, but then I have the opportunity (and I have the responsibility) to fine tune, to polish, to prepare the sauce, and to bring out the flavors. An attention to detail that will enhance the experience not only for me, but also for my family, and everyone whose journey intersects with mine.

My new book, which I can’t wait to share with the world in just a few more weeks, is just one aspect of my constant commitment to “get it right.” Not an obligation, not a chore, not a pressure, but an opportunity, another day in my commitment to “live like I mean it” (because God certainly meant something profound when we were created).

Peace, blessings and good editing.

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Derek Maul
Derek Maul has written for many news outlets, including the Tampa Tribune, The United Methodist News Service, All Pro Dad, FOCUS Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Read Derek Maul’s daily blog posts at