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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