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