Eugene Cho

anger and courage

This quote from St. Augustine inspired and convicted me recently:

Hope has two beautiful daughters.
Their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are,
and the Courage to see they do not remain as they are.

Are there any quotes, Scripture verses, stories, or videos that have inspired you recently?

Share them here. I need me a little inspiration.

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23 Responses

  1. Sara says:

    I’ve been examining why I go to church, after I saw this quote I remembered, it’s not all about me!

    “The perfect church service,would be one we were almost unaware of.
Our attention would have been on God.”C.S. Lewis

  2. Leah says:

    “Dear Lord, I do not ask to see the path. In darkness, in anguish, and in fear, I will hand on tightly to your hand, and I will close my eyes, so that you know how much trust I place in you, Spouse of my soul.” Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad

    I found this one in an article on another blog I read this past summer while I was REALLY struggling w/ trust concerning my job situation. As soon as I was done crying too hard to do anything else because it hit home so much, I copied it into the front cover of my journal so I could read it again whenever I needed to.

  3. Aaron says:

    No, the one who in love forgets himself, forgets his suffering, in order to think of someone else’s, forgets all his misery in order to think of someone else’s, forgets what he himself loses in order lovingly to bear in mind someone else’s loss, forgets his advantage in order lovingly to think of someone else’s – truly, such a person is not forgotten. There is one who is thinking about him: God in heaven. Or love is thinking about him. God is Love, and when a person out of love forgets himself, how then would God forget him! No, while the one who loves forgets himself and thinks of the other person, God is thinking of the one who loves. The self-lover is busy; he shouts and makes a big noise and stands on his rights in order to make sure he is not forgotten- and yet he is forgotten. But the one who loves, who forgets himself, is recollected by love. There is One who is thinking of him…

    Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love

  4. pert says:

    You said something at Josh and Amanda’s wedding today that i really liked. You mentioned that God had a purpose for them getting married that was more than just living a cushy life. That he brought them together so that they could do great, amazing, and powerful things in His name, not just to strive for the white picket, flat screen TV, and other comforts of the “American dream.” It reminded me of this quote from Jack London:

    “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

  5. Daniel Imburgia says:

    Authentic Protest and the Church:
    “A precondition for authentic protest is that there be a committed community; our word for that is “church,” but of course that is another word which most people use with other meanings. That body must not be the same as the entire society or nation. There must be a critical mass of like-minded people, sustaining one another in the world view they have given themselves to and celebrated. The church is the seed bed where valid dissent can sprout, where the alternative world view can be rehearsed.
    The existence of the church therefore answers first of all the question asked by the sociology of knowledge; how is a construction of reality nurtured that can be at the same time holistic and critical? Only by letting one’s life overlap with those of others on the same pilgrimage. Only by teaching one’s children, even in Babylon, the songs of Zion which the Babylonians cannot understand.”
    ~ John Howard Yoder, “Christianity and Protest in America,” Unpublished lecture, 1991. Obliged.

  6. Jim says:

    “The tumult and the shouting dies,
    The captains and the kings depart;
    Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,
    A humble and a contrite heart.
    Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet
    Lest we forget — lest we forget”
    -Rudyard Kipling

  7. Janet says:

    “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change those things I can, and the wisdom to the know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

  8. Erick says:

    When you are confident you are loved, you have no need to show God or anyone else why you should be loved. You have no need to justify yourself. -Thomas Merton

  9. Erick says:

    -A video title “A Thousand Questions”…our pastor used this with his sermon on Job.

    -Street performers around the world playing/singing stand by me…unreal.

  10. […] Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love (read this in the comments section of one of Eugene Cho’s blog posts) […]

  11. pjchris says:

    I’m tired, Lord, but I’ll lift one foot if you’ll lift the other for me. -Saidie Patterson

  12. lukedaniel says:

    An old man said: I never wanted work that was useful to me but loss to my brother. For I have this expectation, that what helps my brother is fruitful for me.

    (Excerpt from “Desert Wisdom; Sayings from the desert Fathers” by Yushi Nomura)

  13. Travis McKee says:

    “The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing.” – Leslie D Weatherhead

  14. a reluctant blogger says:

    lyrics:

    I know that you’re tired of this
    Cause you’re a robot
    They designed your life
    But true souls said you know what’s right
    And you can join us on the other side

    From Tiny Little Robots by Cage the Elephant

    It’s more of a comment on modern living, but it revs me up. I’ve been singing it under my breath day in and day out for a few weeks now. Gives me a sense of what I’m struggling towards.

    See you on the other side.

  15. Tony Lin says:

    Check out his website at:
    http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/ He is doing what you and many of us are trying to do… without limbs.

  16. Kacie says:

    I just read this on Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter’s blog and can’t get it out of my head:

    “It is the sincerity of your resolution that makes you ‘called.’ It is of no use your body being here if your thoughts and heart are elsewhere.” – Cyril of Jerusalem

  17. JP says:

    My husband just pointed out this verse and it seemed so appropriate in our lives right now:

    “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.” -Proverbs 22:29

  18. Abby says:

    May God bless you with anger
    at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
    so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

    May God bless you with tears
    to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war
    so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
    and turn their pain into joy.

    And may God bless you with enough foolishness
    to believe that you can make a difference in the world
    so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

    – Franciscan Benediction

  19. Andy M says:

    I apologize for the length, but here are a few quotes that I’ve run across lately that have either made me think, or laugh, or both.

    “Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference – so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt and wicked…I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity.”
    – Frederick Douglas

    “I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.”
    – Jack Handey

    “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “God was executed by people painfully like us, in a society very similar to our own…by a corrupt church, a timid politician, and a fickle proletariat led by professional agitators.”
    – Dorothy L. Sayers, The Man Born to Be King (1943)

    “I thoroughly disapprove of duels. I consider them unwise and I know they are dangerous. Also, sinful. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet retired spot and kill him.”
    – Mark Twain

  20. Edwin Kang says:

    “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community even if their intentions are ever so earnest, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  21. crazekp says:

    The measure of a man isn’t determined by who he is on Sunday, but rather who he is Monday through Saturday.

  22. Jeremiah says:

    “Our deepest fear, is not that we are in adequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that’s within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.”-Author Unknown

    “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “O, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’And Elisha prayed, ‘O, Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked up and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”-2 Kings 6:15-17

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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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