What do you want to be when you grow up?
Recently I read the book “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” written by Charlie Mackery. It’s a beautiful picture book for adults and there are some interesting questions and answers. What do you want to be when you grow up? When is the bravest thing you’ve ever said? What’s your best discovery? The questions seem to be simple and cliché and we all had these questions at some point in our lives. I wonder what your answers would be.
The book answers as follows. What do you want to be when you grow up? Kind. When is the bravest thing you’ve ever said? Help. What’s your best discovery? That I’m enough as I am. I learned that these simple answers speak of some profound wisdom and truth. We live in a culture where people are expected to be driven by the desire to be successful, independent and self-sufficient, and to build lives for bigger, better, and more. And it is not easy to make kindness our ultimate goal. It takes courage to ask for help. It requires some significant mindfulness practice to find ourselves enough and valuable.
The church is a place where people can shift the values of the culture. We can make our church a place where we make kindness a goal and practice it for one another. We can make our church a place where people are brave and willing to be vulnerable to ask for help. We can discover the ways in which our church is enough, and has enough then celebrate it and give thanks to God in every possible way. God has blessed us with many gifts, talents, and resources we need to be a fruitful and effective congregation to please God and glorify God’s name. In spite of the pandemic and all the challenges and obstacles it brought to us, the church has remained strong and our faith steadfast.
Jesus’ statement that he came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10) has been affirmed among us. As we are slowly increasing our attendance and steadily getting back to our Sunday morning routine, I am hopeful for the future of our church. And I am looking forward to the day when we all can see each other again in the sanctuary and give thanks to God as a community.
May God’s strength and health be with you for the rest of the summer!
In peace, Ho-Soon