Jarrod Markley Blog
I've been thinking about this a lot lately and wanted to tell you.
If you Google the word "help", the first thing that pops up is, "[to] make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one's services or resources." And I want you to know you have a team, a family, friends all standing behind you and everyone wants to help. Let them. Together we can win.
Together we're a chess board: Pawns are your 5 kids, Life Group, my parents, etc.; Castles are your parents; your siblings Kevin and Donna are your Knights; your other siblings, Michael & Jimmy, are your Bishops; your Queen is Stephanie and YOU are the King. (Not to mention the ENDLESS number of pieces in the box, waiting to be used.)
And just like in chess, we're all here to protect the King.
It's a long, mentality challenging game and we all have to sacrifice ourselves in order to keep the King safe; because what's the point in playing if you don't have a King!
President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, once said "No matter how good you think you are as a leader, my goodness, the people around you will have all kinds of ideas for how you can get better. So for me, the most fundamental thing about leadership is to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better - because your job is to try to help everybody else get better."
I don't know how you feel, but I'm sure while you are grateful to have so many people asking what they can do to help, you don't want to be a burden. But I'm here to tell you, you're not. Like President Kim said, your job is to get better, and by doing so, we'll all be better.
If you open the Bible app, the verse of the day is: "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 NIV
And if you know your history, the ONLY person who was, and still is, more powerful than the King is God!! If we can ask Him for help, why can't we be asked to help?
I said all that to say this; "Take all the help you can. We need a King, a leader, a friend, a dad."
And you're our King. And we love the King.
We're here, waiting for your orders.
Love, Jarrod ("FSIL")
2/18/2017 11:31:48 am
Thank you, Jarrod. I don't have many needs. My only focus is on how God will use my cancer to bring other's closer to Jesus. I pray that the faith of those around our family increases and God is glorified.
Mom / Nana
2/19/2017 07:05:56 am
Thank for writing this it is beautifully written , I am glad your my future " grandson " love you . Nana
2/19/2017 04:44:13 pm
So true Tom. God has given you such a gift. A gift of impacting others around you towards Christ. What a great husband and father and cousin you have been on making Christ center in your life. Enjoy seeing updates on your kids growing in their faith. (Even though I don't have fb account, I see under beckys!) Do u call that silent creeper?
2/19/2017 04:57:22 am
I've been searching for the right words but none have come to me so far. Reading these words resonates with me though because they are so true. People want to help and will do anything just as you would if this was happening to someone you love. Let them help, it gives people something to do while waiting on the sidelines. You and Steph can lean on people and accept the help offered because you need it. Don't let false pride keep you from asking or accepting what you need. So many people love you and these things are the way we show you right now. I might as well be a million miles away right now with only love and prayers to offer you at this time but I want you to know I value you, who you are, what you stand for. I have loved you my entire life my cousin, you may not have always known it. It that doesn't make it any less true. You've always been special and wonderful. I admire the courage you have not just in fighting cancer but in life. Prayers you've got but if there is anything else you need please call on a team member to help. We will always be there.
2/20/2017 01:02:34 pm
Cuz, Your words, like Jarrod's words, are such an encouragement. I love you too, Brenda. Love, Tom
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