Eugene Cho

what’s your “go to” place of rest?

One of the painful and joyful lessons I learned (again) last year was the importance of “resting well.”

I think God knew what He was doing when he gave the gift of the rhythm of Sabbath. But like many things that are “good”, it always sounds easier when on paper and in my case, when you’re preaching about it. But there’s also the dose of reality that taking a full day of Sabbath is difficult if not impossible when you have three young children.

But it also helps to have what I call a “go to” place of rest – a place that’s familiar, restful, and refreshing. For us, it’s Vancouver, British Columbia. Asides from it being one of the most stunning cities I’ve been to, it just feels “good” for my soul and helps immensely that Minhee and the kids love the city as well. We try going to Vancouver once very three months for two nights and have been doing this for about the last 7 years or so.

So, here’s a simple question: What’s your “go to” place of REST?

We would have loved to have been in Vancouver the last week or so but in light of the Olympics, everything was way too expensive. But thanks to the generosity of some friends, we stayed at their Whistler pad for a few nights to soak in Whistler, the Olympic spirit, lots of sleep, and some quality time with the family. Here are some highlights:

I took Minhee on a very romantic date:

We were feelin’ the Olympic spirit for this picture. And I have to admit, I got a little emotional watching the Women’s Figure Skating event. Yu-Na Kim was amazing but Joannie Rochette.

The Cho Bobsled Team. Notice how they made me push:

My favorite is the one on the far right:

I have no idea what they were doing:

The obligatory “make a goofy pose” picture:

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9 Responses

  1. James says:

    Anywhere out in nature is my “go to” place of rest. And it’s cheap!

  2. Cody says:

    Glorieta, NM. Ever since I was a teenager, this has been that place of rest.

  3. Jodie says:

    Anywhere on the Northwest Coast of Ireland ( Donegal etc etc!!!)

  4. chrisbscott25 says:


  5. Josh says:

    Mine would have to be the Grand Canyon. If you go when it’s not busy you can sit for hours and watch the shadows change on the rocks. It’s there where I remember how big God is and how big I’m not.

  6. Daniel says:

    Music…When I need a rest and a break from life I play music

  7. Leah says:

    The ocean! Just booked a hotel in Charleston, SC for a couple days of spring break, I can’t WAIT!

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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.
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