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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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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