Role Model

Many professional athletes are naturally role models to many children who want to be like them.  Thus, they should feel “extra” burdened to behave in a way that young people will look up to both on and off the field.

Unfortunately, some professionals don’t seem to be aware of how much influence they have.  A recent case was Astro first baseman, Yuli Gurriel, who racially insensitive gesture during World Series game.  Whether it was a World Series game or not he should have been more careful in how he behaves.  As the picture shows, a young person imitated the same thing whether he understands what that gesture means or not.   Kids tend to look up to adults and imitate.

I am reminded of what the Lord told Moses to inform Israelites in Deut. 6:7, “Impress them on your children.”  That word, “impress” has been challenging me.  I have to reflect and see how my children are “impressed” by how I live and conduct myself.  The previous verse tells us what we ought to “impress” our children with and that is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind.

What are you “impressing” on your children these days?  I pray and hope that we would “impress” our children how we should behave with common courtesy, use common sense, and show respect to others especially those who are different than ourselves.

Have a blessed week!

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Funny Warning Signs

I have seen some “dumb” warning signs in my life.  In the past, I have posted some of those “funny” and “dumb” signs on my facebook page.  For example, this is the one (clothes hanger) you probably have seen, too.

So I wondered, why people have to put up this kind of warning sign as if someone would actually try to swallow this coat hanger.  Nevertheless, there are so many “warning” labels and signs all around us because some people don’t seem to practice their “common sense”.

I see that in the Bible, too.  God had warned Israelites many times with signs but they were too foolish to learn the lessons.  God spoke and said in Num 14:22-23, “Not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. (NIV)

The Israelites have seen many signs and yet, they ignored and acted foolishly which prevented them from entering the Promised Land.  I wonder if we are chuckling at these “dumb” signs around us but forgetting that we, too, are acting foolishly when it comes to God’s warning about how we ought to live.

I don’t know how much more God has to warn us before we pay attention to His Words.  I hope and pray that I would not become an example of someone who ignored God’s warning and faced terrible consequences.

Just a thought… have a blessed week!

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Kind Words

The other day, I saw an old man spilling two hot drinks from his drink tray to the floor in Starbucks. The man seemed to feel sorry for the mess he made. Then, a young lady (a Starbucks employee) came and helped clean up the mess.  The man apologized for the mess and I heard her reply, “Oh no problem!  I am glad that you spilled those hot drinks on the floor than on yourself.”  Then, she got those drinks back to him (no charge of course).

She didn’t have to say that but that was very nice of her to say those kind and caring words.   I am certain she made that gentleman feel much better.
So as she was passing by me, I complimented her for her positive and kind attitude.  I hope I made her feel better!

It would be so nice if we treat one another with such positive and kinder words every day even in midst of challenges.

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Is That Important to You?

1A woman was walking into a hospital a saw a young girl sitting on a curb in front of the emergency room.  She could not have possibly been over 10 years old.  She was petting a cat who seemed to greatly enjoy her company.  The lady walked by the young girl and asked, “Is that your cat?”

“No,” she replied.

“I wonder how old it is?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” she replied.

She then asked, “I wonder if it is a boy or girl cat?”

“I don’t know,” she said, as she continued to pet the cat.

Then the lady asked, “I wonder if it is from this neighborhood?”

Looking at her somewhat annoyed the young girl said, “I don’t know.  Is that important to you?”

The lady walked into the hospital with a smile on my face and a lesson learned.  She was trying to place this cat in some sort of preconceived category: gender, age and so on.

For this little girl, however, there was no need for all this classification of the cat.  What was important to her was that this was a cat who wanted to be petted and she was a little girl who wanted to pet the cat.  All the other factors, all of my categorical schemes, were missing the whole point of the experience.

Jesus Christ came so that He might give us life in Him.  Whether we are rich or poor, educated or uneducated, athletic or nerd, and even what race didn’t matter.  Maybe to us these are important but to Jesus Christ, the fact that we needed to be saved and He is only one who can save us was important.  Thus, He came!

Enjoy this Christmas season with Christ in it!


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Note of Hope

This story has been circulating on internet due to such a great story of love and hope.  I thought I would share it to encourage and invest in our relationship with our love ones.

Jimmy and Billie Breland got married in 1954.  The happy couple from Mississippi enjoyed 60 blissful years of love and marriage.  Their family grew and expanded from children to grandchildren.

Billie, a former public school teacher, was an avid note writer. She was known to leave messages and reminders to herself around her home in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Billie passed away on January 13, 2015 at the age of 83. Jimmy’s heart was broken in two.

Two days after Billie’s passing, Jimmy happened to notice a note tucked away in her checkbook. But this final handwritten note Billie left wasn’t for her… it was for him.

The second Jimmy plucked the note out of Billie’s checkbook, he couldn’t believe his eyes.


What a beautiful note full of hope and love found in those who believe in Jesus Christ!  I am not sure when I will die but this gives me an idea that I should think about writing a note/letter to my each family members reminding them of hope and reunion in Christ.

Have a blessed week!


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Watch Out!

453450-rio-olympics-2016-logo-gettyimagesThough I didn’t get to watch lot of games during 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic, I am hearing some positive and some negative incidents that took place during the Olympic.

A heartwarming story I heard was during the 5,000 meters run, New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin tripped and fell but Abbey D’Agostino, an American runner, gave her a hand and said, “Get up.  We have to finish this.”  Though neither one of them came close to winning that race, they both finished the race and have shown the true Olympic spirit.

Middle of practice pole vault, Sam Kendricks (2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserves) stopped to pay respect when he heard the National Anthem being played at the track & field stadium.  Of course this video clip went viral!

Yet, there were shameful Olympians who tarnished his/her country as well as their athleticism.  The International Olympic Committee stripped the first medal in 2016 Olympic from Artykov of his bronze medal in men’s weightlifting after tested positive for illegal substance.

Maybe he didn’t get his medal taken away but Ryan Lochte, American swimmer and medal winner, lied about how he was robbed by gun point by Brazilian police officers.  Too drunk and unruly, he along with other swimmers caused unnecessary situation that internationally tarnished the reputation of American Olympians.

Even though some said that they are young and allow some minor mistakes in life, I take it little more seriously because they were representing their country.  What they do or say reflect who they are as Americans which also warns me of who I am in Christ.  I, too, am an ambassador for Christ (1 Cor. 5:20) and thus, I need to be more aware of my attitude and action in public.

I am not pointing finger at anyone but reminding myself that I have to be careful.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:27 -ESV)

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Life Is Like a Travel

Screen-Shot-2013-11-13-at-7.19.21-AM-640x338Hitting mid 50s, I appreciate and thank every day that I have breath to live.

Like Apostle Paul says, our life is like a race running toward the goal but also we are like travelers going through place to place.  No wonder Apostle Peter says that we are sojourners.  Looking back, my life was like traveling, too.

When I was a child, I was excited about outing regardless where.

When I was a teenager, I would go anywhere with my friends.  It didn’t matter where.

When I was in 20s, I was happy to go anywhere with the love of my life.  Life was like a date.

When I was in 30s and 40s, life became more like an international travel.  So many things to pack (kid’s diaper bag, stroller, extra milk, and etc.).

Now that I am in 50s, my life is like getting ready for final destination.  Checking and double checking that I wouldn’t leave anything behind as I get off.

When I hit 60s-70s, I think it will be like exploring historical sites.  I think everything I do will remind me of my experiences.

It is by His grace that I have lived up to mid 50s but if good Lord allows me to live beyond 70s, I wish and pray that I would have traveled all over to preach the Gospel and not lived as if I would dwell on this planet for eternity.

Make the most of your day and enjoy!


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Pokemon Go

maxresdefaultBy now, I am sure you have heard of the new mobile game called, Pokemon Go, that is taking country by storm.  Adults who grew up playing with pokemon when they were young are excited by their fantasy becoming virtual reality.  So young and old, many are playing.

For some reason creator of this game used many of pokemon “gyms” and “hotspots” locations are marked within local churches (our church is one of them).  Therefore, there are increased in visitors looking for pokemon to capture or battle with other players.  A number of articles are written to inform and deal with this new phenomena of people coming to church on their own because of Pokemon Go.  As one staff of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Joshua Clayton, said, “Somebody should write a thank you letter to the creators of this game!”  Thanks to Pokemon Go, thousands and thousands of people will know churches exist in their community.

I am not encouraging or discouraging people from playing this game, but I am glad that people are coming to church.  I just hope that they would get an opportunity to hear the Gospel while they are trying to capture pokemon.  In fact, I pray that their heart will be “captured” by Jesus Christ.

Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit will “capture” the heart of those players who come to church to “capture” pokemon!

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To Drink or Not to Drink

wine2I am saddened by what happened to one of very  influential Christian leaders in this generation recently.  He was pastoring a “mega” church and respected by so many young pastors but fired by his church due to his alcohol abuse.

The church’s executive pastors have confronted him and applied Matt. 18 principles dealing with his sin and yet the pastor had made “unfortunate choices” connected to alcohol.  Thus, he was removed as of July 1st of this year.

Reading this news got me to worry about this generation Christians and spiritual leaders.  I have witnessed pastors, elders and deacons drinking not just a glass of wine and a can of beer but hard liquor.  It seems the view of alcohol has changed dramatically among evangelicals.  I am not saying consumption of alcoholic beverage is sin but keep in mind that the openness to to alcohol invites danger – alcohol abuse and alcoholism.  No one thinks that the problems associated with alcohol will ever happen to him or her.

I don’t drink alcohol not because I believe it is sin or because it is wrong as a pastor.  I choose not to drink because I believe it is not helpful to others.   I am weak to begin with and I don’t need to any an practice that might hinder others in anyway.  Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 10:23, “‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are helpful.  ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up” (ESV).  If it is beneficial to others … I am willing to sacrifice a bit of my “freedom”.

Let me share a good article concerning alcoholic beverages by the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Not just about alcoholism but any addiction should be something spiritual leaders must be mindful of.

Lord, help us!

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Messi became Messy

Part-DV-DV1820308-1-1-1One of the greatest soccer players of all time, Lionel Messi was sentenced 21 months in jail (though he might not actually serve) for tax fraud.  He is looked up to and admired by so many fans and this truly tarnished his reputation and character.

To avoid paying taxes on about 4+ millions euros, he ended up paying about 5 million euros (unpaid taxes plus interest).  From financially he may have not lost anything since it was due anyway, but he lost what is more important; his dignity, his reputation and his public persona which should be considered far more valuable.

Though Lionel’s father, Leo Messi, was the one who managed his finance, the court doesn’t believe Lionel Messi was unaware of his father’s fraud.  Whether it is true or not, his image has been tarnished… at least by me.

I am still impressed by his talent and skill, but I am sadden by what happened.

Just a good reminder for me as there are people who “look up to me” and respect me.  I pray that I would impress them with how much I love God and serve Him faithfully than my talent, money (which I don’t have enough to impress, LOL), degree or title.

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