Eugene Cho

growing up too fast

Where is the time going?  It’s already been 30 years since my family and I immigrated to the United States.  I was my second daughter’ age [6] when I entered this country.

Only seemed like yesterday when our oldest daughter, J, was born.  We were so profoundly humbled and overjoyed by her birth.   T was born at the most difficult time of my life.  She was a sign of great hope and she continues to bring hope to our family.  I still remember preaching with her on my back as we were starting Quest.  My son, J, turned 4 years old yesterday.  4 years old already?  Minhee and I wonder…”Where is the time going?”

This past week, we enjoy couple special moments with our children.  My two oldest daughters finished their school year and are now officially in 4th and 2nd grade.  During their end of school year assembly, they were honored amongst a handful of others with the Humanitarian Awards.  While I am immensely grateful for the devotion and commitment my parents showed in helping us pursue academic excellence, our prayer as parents is that our children would grow to be those who simply, “Love God and Love People.”  That is our first priority…an Ivy league degree is a far 2nd.  Our kids receiving those awards have deep meaning to us…we are so proud.

And yesterday, we had several folks over from the church to help celebrate my son’s birthday.  It’s a great joy to see how our children’s community has grown in the past couple years.  The first two years were bare.  Just our children and if were lucky, a handful of others.  Now, it’s difficult to invite all the families and kids so we simply invited those at J’s age or younger.  Check out these pics and slideshow (w/ soundtrack) from J’s party [Much thanks to photographer Hage Creative]. 

Time has no prejudice.  We have one life.  Let’s enjoy it and make it count.

 

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6 Responses

  1. ek says:

    Thanks for the example that you and Minhee are as parents and as a family.

  2. Tracy says:

    Jedi has the most beautiful spirit.

  3. Blake says:

    Yeeeeah! Your boy’s the man!😉

  4. Kris says:

    What a darling video, and each of those children’s faces is so PRECIOUS. Your son is indeed fortunate to have a community of dear little friends. The little curly-haired girl has a precious, intense look on her face. And I noticed a transformer gift – oh my, do I remember those (our son is now 27). Thanks for sharing this event with us in blogland.

  5. Thanks for letting me capture those moments in your son life. Your family means a lot to Katey, Ez, and myself. It’s just one way to say thanks for what you have done for us. I look forward to seeing what a TRUE superhero Jedi will be for God.

  6. e cho says:

    kris: 27?! does it happen that quickly? i’m actually pretty excited about the transformers gift myself. i didn’t get one when i was younger so i’m going to play with this one.

    hage creative: thanks again.

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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