Eugene Cho

may the force be with you

Have you seen this commercial yet from Volkswagen?

Best.commercial ever.

At least for me because I have this borderline obsession with Star War:

  1. It was the first movie I saw after I immigrated to the United States. The 2nd Western film I’ve ever seen – after King Kong.
  2. One of the most compelling stories.
  3. I used to think I had the “force” and was constantly trying to use it as a kid.
  4. I still wear my Darth Vader mask at home every week and still try to develop my powers.
  5. I came to the painful realization that I did not have the force so I fathered a “Jedi.” Yes, I named my son “Jedi.” Yes, I did.

Anyone else still big fans of Star Wars?

May the force be with you…

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20 Responses

  1. randall says:

    …yeah, that’s probably two years of therapy right there.

  2. Jody says:

    Made me smile.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. chris says:

    great!! did i ever tell you that Troopers first name or middle name was going to be storm. but i got vetoed by jenn

  4. Ian says:

    lol eden and I are cracking up. awesome.

  5. Kerri says:

    I understand naming your son Jedi. I wanted to name Caleb “Stryder” (Lord of the Rings), but I got vetoed by Bryan🙂

  6. Jason says:

    Awesome…I still pretend to use the force to open up automatic doors using the force.

  7. Leah Smith says:

    We’re big fans, here. Our cat is named “Jango Pett”, and our dog is “Shinobi Wan Kenobi”. We did go with the more “normal” names for our human kids…

    I’m a teacher and always play the “Stay on Target” clip for my students at the beginning of the year so I can use that phrase whenever they’re getting off task.

  8. Greg says:


    Can you please verify your Star Wars credentials by answering the following question:

    Who shoots first? Han or Greedo?

  9. The commercial is good because we have to all admit that at some point we have tried to move things with the force before.

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  11. Jennifer Kay says:

    This commercial made me laugh out loud. Loved it!

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First day of our daughter's college years at this great school. We love you. We're so proud of you.We believe in you. Go Huskies. Go Dawgs. And also, beat Stanford this Friday. 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.

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