Eugene Cho

facebook and listen to your wife

Social networking seems to be all the rage [click image below].  Email and blogging have provided plenty of connection for me which is why I’ve been slow to get on the social networking bandwagon.  But two months ago, I sold out and joined Facebook.

And after two months of using Facebook, I’m a fan.  While I don’t fully understand all the features and still get weirded out seeing what others are adding, removing, who’s friends with who, and blah blah blah, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.

What I’m most impressed by include:

  1. Only “friends” get to access any private information, pics and such.  This is important feature to me.
  2. You add certain ’causes’ to your profile and use this as a platform to help spread the word on causes that mean something to you.
  3. It takes a little work but it’s been good to find a handful of friends from the past.  Cool to figure out what they’re up to.
  4. Applications galore.  Maybe too much.
  5. The mobile access.

As a pastor, I’ve very much enjoyed using Facebook to remain connected or to build connections with some of our church community.  For example, we have nearly 150 college students at Quest and truth be told, it is immensely difficult to remember their names and their stories.  If I even have the chance, I ask the same questions every week:  “What’s your name? Where do you study?  What do you study?”  They’re probably sick of answering the same questions week after week.  Facebook has given me a venue – without embarrassing myself or hurting people’s feelings – to learn more about folks.  I highly recommend it – as long as you don’t become an addict.

And while we’re talking about social networking, let me plug a new SN website started by a married couple at our church.  It is smartly called ListenToYourWife.com.  Umm, it’s pretty self explanatory.  Check it out.  My secret agenda is that their site grows so that they sell it Murdoch for 1.8 billions dollars and give a big chunk to the church. 

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4 Responses

  1. gar says:

    “ListenToYourWife”… haha, that’s a pretty clever name. I wonder if my wife will join?

    And yeah, FB is definitely an interesting site. Much better done than MySpace IMO.

  2. I agree. I love Facebook. The ease of use and the tools it offers is amazing. You can write messages, notes, share videos and pictures and audio, all from one place.It is an awesome way to stay connected.
    If you haven’t already, you might consider making a Facebook Group for your church. You could spread news of events and send messages to all the church people at once. As well as post videos and pictures and discussion boards.

  3. Blake says:

    A Possible Scenario From The Year 2010:

    Me: Hi. My name is Blake and I have a problem.
    Everyone Else: Hi Blake.
    Me: *Starts *Sobbing* My problem is that I’m addicted to Facebook. I can’t get enough of it, feeling the need to give a play-by-play of my day on my status. It’s my homepage on my 4th generation iPhone and I’m always checking it. My family hasn’t seen me in person in days, even taking to messaging me online to talk to me. I can’t remember the last time I showered. It’s a real problem and I want to quit.
    Everyone Else: We’re here for you? Blake. You can do it.
    *Group Hug*

    Haha. Lord help us if this scenario becomes common.😉

  4. Lon says:

    awesome, yes, facebook rocks. it’s the first social network i think i’ll actually stick around for a good while with. thansk for the wife site too. haha…

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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.
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