Eugene Cho

for those who hate my ponytail

Nearly everyone – from my kids, folks at my church, and random social media stalkers – have shared with me that my ponytail looks funny, stupid, or demonic.

First of all, I’m eager to cut my hair but I took a quasi Nazarite vow a few months ago.  No hair cut until we got our 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS for One Day’s Wages and we launched the org. We got our letter but I need to wait till we at least release the beta version of the website…

So why the ponytail?  Because if I don’t pull my hair back, I can’t control my crazy curly hair and it can look this scary:

ponytail

But then again, it’s the closest I get to look like one my favorite Christian artists, Keith Green.  Keith starts playing at 1:20…

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15 Responses

  1. jason+ says:

    personally, i am a fan. but that’s me and i have a ponytail, most days.

  2. jason+ says:

    oh, and holy shit! Keith Green! i remember listening to him on vinyl as a kid. he’s one of the few ‘christian’ artist who i still love, who still moves me.

  3. reJoyce says:

    We played “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt” for a friend of my son’s a couple of days ago. The kid thought we were all a bit nuts when we chorused along with “Manna burgers! Filet of manna! Manna waffles! etc.” He’s a great one for making you laugh and getting straight to the heart of things, too.

    As I’ve mentioned before, I like your long hair. I can’t really recall seeing your ponytail in any photos, but think it looks good in all it’s non-ponytailed curly glory. I realize I’m probably in the minority, and also think it’s good to defer to your wife’s preferences anyway, since she’s the one you want to look good for. The rest of us, who cares?

  4. anu says:

    Congrats on receiving the letter!

  5. jrbriggs says:

    I’ll take the Keith green look anyday. Heck, I’ll take Michael W Smith look on you over your ponytail. Consider yourself care-fronted…

  6. The Chiz says:

    Dude. I say let the river flow. You look so cool right now, I’m considering being in your band. If being in a band is still cool…

  7. bren says:

    Funny thing in the black in white pic you also look like one of the Gibb brothers:)

  8. jasonk says:

    Just be u. simple as that.

  9. Bob Hyatt says:

    If I had hair half that cool, i’d be ecstatic. Keep it! They’ll catch up with you!

  10. […] She said she was joking but I didn’t believe her. I shaved the next morning and Minhee took me to a hair stylist and tried to make me look like one of those bad Korean drama actors. I’m getting my revenge right now with the ponytail and Keith Green hair. […]

  11. other Jason says:

    Its not bad. But my daughter, who is 12 going on 15 likes it. So, you got that going for you….the kids dig it. Or one kid anyway.

  12. Daniel says:

    i had no idea you were hiding that amazing fro with your ponytail. let the locks roam free!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Keith Green is legit!!!! Forget the ponytail, be a Korean Keith Green!

  14. your friend says:

    I have had a ponytail as long as I can remember, but never beautiful curls, as you have…

  15. akoosticman says:

    keep it poofy my friend 🙂

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In our culture, we can be so obsessed with the "spectacular" or "glamorous." The Church often engagws in thia language and paradigm...but what if God has called many of us to small, ordinary things?

Will we still be faithful?
Will we still go about such things with great love and joy?

I recently came across this picture taken by @mattylew, one of our church staff...and I started tearing up: This is my mother; in her 70s; with realities of some disabilities that make it difficult for her to stand up and sit down...but here she is on her knees and prostate in prayer. She doesn't have any social media accounts, barely knows how to use her smartphone, doesn't have a platform, hasn't written a book, doesn't have any titles in our church, isn't listed as a leader or an expert or a consultant or a guru. But she simply seeks to do her best - by God's grace - to be faithful to God. She prays for hours every day inteceding for our family, our church, and the larger world.

Even if we're not noticed or celebrated or elevated...let's be faithful. Our greatest calling as followers of Christ is to be faithful. Not spectacular. Not glamorous. Not popular. Not relevant. And not even successful in the eyes of the world.

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We can't do it all.
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The death toll rises to over 400 and over 7,000 injured in multiple cities and hundreds of villages along the Western border with Iraq.

Lord, in your mercy... We are reminded again and again...that we are Resurrection People living in a Dark Friday world.

It's been a tough, emotional, and painful week - especially as we lament the horrible tragedy of the church shootings at Sutherland Springs. In the midst of this lament, I've been carried by the hope, beauty, and promise of our baptisms last Sunday and the raw and honest testimonies of God's mercy, love, and grace.

Indeed, God is not yet done. May we take heart for Christ has overcome the world. "Without genuine relationships with the poor, we rob them of their dignity and they become mere projects. And God did not intend for anyone to become our projects." Grateful this quote from my book, Overrated, is resonating with so many folks - individuals and  NGOs. / design by @preemptivelove .
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