On Practicing What I Preach

Three weeks ago, I wrote the following, “if the Gospel is about incarnation and about giving up positions of power to be with those who have no power, then the most useful I can be to the Kingdom of God is to incarnate myself in my local community rather than trying to establish my “platform” as a Christian celebrity. If we truly believe that the Kingdom of God is upside down then we should aspire to be the unknown servant, not the keynote speaker. We should aspire to be the unnoticed servant, not the celebrated author. But I don’t. We don’t. May I continue to learn what it means to be incarnational, to imitate the one who both lived and died as a nobody. To stop trying to be the Savior of the world and to be present with those in my world.”

Two weeks ago, my Dad was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Since then, he has moved in with us, so that I can be his advocate and our home can be a place for him to focus on himself and his recovery.

Now is the time for me to practice what I preach. So, for the next 8 weeks, I will not be writing any more new posts (though I might re-post some things from last year as I find the time). There is nothing more important for me right now than the delicate balance between trying to be the best father, husband, friend, colleague, and now son/caretaker I can be. I hope I can begin writing again in the Fall and I hope to continue all the wonderful conversations that have been started through this blog. See you again in a few months.

“Cowardice wants only to concern itself with the really important, big things, not in order to carry something out wholeheartedly but to be flattered by doing something that is noble and great. Yet hiding behind the exalted is nothing but an excuse for not conquering all the little things…”

– Soren Kierkegaard

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5 responses to “On Practicing What I Preach

  1. Hey Jared, so sorry to hear about your dad. The effects of this broken world encroach on us in every place. But what a treasure to have the chance to serve him in this time. I’m praying for you guys and that your ministry in this (although maybe almost unseen) would be one where God really shows you Himself and you know the joy of your salvation more deeply. God bless!

  2. Jared,

    May the Superabundance of Grace be yours and may Peace forever find its place in your father’s heart. I remember that post and now can see that you have been prepared for such a time as this…and that is precious.

    – Garry

  3. As I’ve often told adult children who have taken on the role of caregiver for an ailing parent, “You will never be sorry you did this.” Yours and Sarah’s decision to do this is made by your response to God’s command to honor our father and mother. Blessings will be yours and your little ones as God sees you thru these days. You are garnering the prayers of so many who love you, who will be lifting you up, and your dad as well, of course.

    Robin and I enjoy reading your blog, and will miss hearing from you. But we will wait until the time is right once again for you to share your thoughts with us.

    Much love to you, Brother.

  4. A friend shared this quote attributed to St. Catherine of Sienna, “Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” I hear ya on the striving to be heard and noticed vs the gospel! This quote got me feeling really stirred up, and the a bit down because in about three weeks I will be 40 years old and to be honest I have no clue who I was created to be… however, I know I was created to be his friend so perhaps that will lead us in the right direction whether its serving thru invisibility or serving thru leading.

    Enjoying reading through your posts. Good to hear others thoughts and just simply to know there are others out there.

    Said a prayer for your family.
    Shannon Ruddy

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