Eugene Cho

breathe

It’s been a busy few months.  In fact, it’s been a pretty busy 6.5 years since we planted Quest and then started Q Cafe.  It was busy trying to build up critical mass when we only had a handful of people.  It was busy finally launching the church and ministry.  It was busy when we renovated an unused Warehouse for Q Cafe 1.0 to use for church, cafe, music venue, and community center. And then, it was busy orchestrating a merger where we integrated into our community the wonderful history and story of a 65 year old church and their 50 congregants.  And then, it was busy trying to renovate our new church building.  And then, it was busy remodeling and re:booting Q Cafe 2.0.

Whew.  It’s been busy and thus, I’ve been trying to take some time to breathe. 

Inhale and exhale. 

I mean…really breathe.  To really enjoy the crisp winter air of the Northwest and look around; soak and absorb all that is beautiful and good; To enjoy God and all that has been blessed unto my life.  On a glorious sunny winter day in Seattle, the mountains are absolutely glorious.

As I breathe, I’m trying to enjoy all that has taken place in years past and as I exhale, I anticipate with hope and joy the things to come. 

Inhale and exhale.

I’m trying to breathe because the next 3-4 months are going to go by so quickly and the next thing I know, I’ll be on this quasi-sabbatical – attempting both to breathe and rest and also do the necessary stuff to launch the humanitarian org project we’ve been convicted about.

I’m trying to breathe this week because in couple weeks, it’s going to get busy again until June.  We have lots of decisions to make, paperwork to fill out, lawyers to meet, web developers to meet, prayers to lift, people to meet, cities to fly, places to speak, immunization shots to take, a home to sell, etc.

Stuff to do without diminishing my commitments as one of the pastors to Quest and my role at Q Cafe.  Stuff to do without forgetting about people.

Stuff to do, most importantly, without forgetting my primary indentities as child of God, husband to Minhee and father to my three children.

Breathe. 

Inhale and exhale. 

Inhale and exhale.

And if you don’t mind, say a prayer for my family and me during the next few months.  One simple request:  Pray that we never forget to breathe.  Because when we stop breathing, we will die – literally and metaphorically.

Inhale.  Exhale.

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3 Responses

  1. Dennis says:

    Will be keeping you in thought and prayer.

  2. Randall says:

    Eugene,

    May you find the wind of God filling your lungs with life.

    prayin for you guy, especially as you move into a sabbatical time.

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Everyone loves the idea of  reconciliation...until it involves truthtelling, confessing, repenting, dismantling, forgiving, and peacemaking. Charlottesville. So heartbreaking and infuriating. We weep and mourn over the hatred in the hearts of these white nationalists. We weep and mourn but we can't be defeated.

As I stare at this photo that's making its round on the internet, I'm reminded of the utter importance of showing up. I'm grateful for the news media, law enforcement, clergy, and peaceful protesters that are currently there to report, protect, pray, and protest.

And this is an invitation to us. May we not be mere bystanders. May we keep pressing forward. Seek justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly. Commit to truth-telling, justice, reconciliation, peacemaking. Follow the ways of Christ. Every day. And it's important to note that we don't have to go to Charlottesville to do this. In fact, it's more important that we do this exactly where we're at. May we live out the call to reconciliation in our churches, workplaces, neighborhoods, schools, and around our dining tables. Lord, may it be so... We don't have to go to Charlottesville to do this. We have to do this wherever were called to be.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. /// Thanks to those who let me know that the photo wasn't actually from today but rather from last month in Charlottesville. - https://www.facebook.com/FrankSomervilleKTVU/posts/1551137301616258:0 Grateful for a spontaneous, last minute trip with Minhee to my old stomping grounds - San Francisco. 48 hours of visiting this special city that I called home for so many years.

Pic 1: Went to the Cliff House restaurant where we got engaged about 21 years ago to make out. Oops, sorry, I meant...to reflect on God's faithfulness over these many years.

Pic 2: Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge because it's such an iconic place - with some of the most incredible views.

Pic 3: Enjoyed a glass of some Cabernet Sauvignon and pretended to be wine connoisseurs at a vineyard.

Pic 4: Had lunch at my favorite Chinese restaurant, Sam Tung, which boasts some of the best chicken in the country. And of course, we ate at In-n-out.

Pic 5: And finally, celebrated with the good folks at @thefreedomstory where @onedayswages received their annual Freedom Award. What an honor.

Grateful. Thankful for this sabbatical. Breathe.

Show yourself some grace.

We can't do everything for everyone in every situation. Do what you can and do it with a joyful heart.

Amen A family that eats sushi together stays together.

Seriously, I don't ever remember eating so much as a teenager but these kids eat and eat and eat. Perhaps, the reason why this kid is pushing 6 feet tall. Grateful for a special treat with the family at @JaponessaSeattle. I'm sharing an obligatory, "I love and appreciate my wife, she's amazing" photo. Also...because I did something naughty...or brilliant. ;) Seattle is in the midst of a crazy heatwave. Near 100 degrees, hazy, and humid. An excessive heat advisory warning has also been issued.

So, Minhee and I needed to run some errands. It waa horrible but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. It's also known as adulting.

So, I'm driving and the air conditioning seems to have minimal effect. Minhee is in the passenger's seat and umm, when she's not paying attention, I turn on her seat heater to 5 - the highest level. All along, she's complaining about how hot she is...for nearly an hour...until she finally realizes what I did.

Bam. Boom. Gotcha.

Minhee, I love you!

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