Eugene Cho

Parenting for dummies. Parenting do’s and don’ts.

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Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post – especially if you’re a parent or a parent-to-be someday. Or if you have babies around you.

Refer to it often. Study it carefully.
Take notes. Draw diagrams. Connect the dots.
Consider this as a gift.

I still recall when we planted Quest Church about 12 years ago. The picture above was soon after our 2nd daughter was born and right when we started the church. How fast time flies: She’s already 12 and her sister (our oldest kid) is now 14.

[Note to self: breathe in. breathe out.]

It’s surreal to think – especially in light of so many babies, infants, and children at our church currently –  but our two girls were the only kids at our church in the early years. But times have changed. Now, I get to lift up, dedicate, and baptize babies like this little boy. There’s a long story but trust me…he is a miracle. [wipes tears]

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But cute baby pictures aside, the early months can be tough – especially if there aren’t sleeping somewhat humanely.

Heck, life can be tough. This is why there are so many self-help books, guides, and manuals to every single phase of life including and especially that first year. And truthfully, life and parenting would be so much more easier if there were some simple illustrations that made everything simple and sweet.

So, here they are. One blog to answer them all.
The do’s and don’ts.
Pictures and illustrations.
Simple and clear.
Right and wrong.
Sheeps and Goats.

Study them carefully. You welcome.

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In all seriousness, love and nurture your children.

Pray for them; teach them; enjoy them; guide them.

The days turn to weeks; weeks turn to months; months turn to years and before you know it, your little baby will be turning 14, 12, and 10 like our three children.  Parenting will be one of the most significant things you will ever do in your life so don’t give your baby your shoes when they are teething.  🙂

Remember, our purpose as parents is to eventually…release our children. 

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4 Responses

  1. Matt K says:

    Go METS! of course you’ll have concerns for any child growing up a mets fan, but they’ll learn how to get over disappointments. It’s not like seattle fans have it that much better…. 😛

  2. Love your post Pastor Eugene. I read your stuff, and it does my heart good on the tough days. This is priceless, and I think that I’ll use it in my work with parents in Boston – if you don’t mind. I accompany Young Urban Parents in their journey, and I think that they might find this amusing. I’m chuckling heartily, but I love your cheeky style! Blessings to your family and and ministry!

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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.

Be faithful. Amen. #notetoself (and maybe helpful for someone else)

At times, we have to say ‘NO’ to good things to say ‘YES’ to the most important things.

We can't do it all.
Pray and choose wisely.
Then invest deeply. May our compassion not just be limited to the West or to those that look like us. Lifting up the people of Iraq, Iran, and Kurdistan in prayer after the 7.3 earthquake - including the many new friends I met on a recent trip to Iraq.

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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