T-Ball Season

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

We went to Elliot’s first T-Ball game. It was fun watching these 7 year old kids trying to hit the ball off a tee… their throwing and their attempt at catching the ball were hilarious. I guess this is how all kids start off.

Since Elliot has pretty good eye-hand coordination, baseball is working out for him.

His whole 1st grade class signed up together to play in the league. It is encouraging to know that he is able to play, not only for the love of the game but also because his friends are playing with him.

The best part was when the team was cheering on the person who was batting… T-Ball is definitely a team sport.

At this age, they need to learn to have a love for the game – the skill and things like that will come with time.
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This was Elliot’s first hit
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Elliot in his ready formation to field the ball
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As you can tell they sit according to their numbers, but why is Elliot (#7) flanked so close to these girls… hmm.

Jacket Illustration

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

I think I need to set the record straight so that there is no misunderstanding of what happened this past Sunday during my message.

As I was meditating on the passage (Mt 22:1-14) in my preparation, I wanted to come up with an illustration that would highlight the point about having the “right” wedding robe that Jesus talked about. I don’t have a robe. Therefore I was thinking that I would put on one of my jackets and then exchange it with another one to demonstrate the importance of having the “right” jacket on in order to get into the wedding banquet.

But I just felt that it would not pack the punch in terms of trying to contrast our own self-righteousness compared to God’s righteousness. Then I was thinking it would be good if I can show how our “jacket” of righteousness is all torn up due to our sinfulness. I was thinking it would be good if I can rip up the jacket to visibly show our shortcomings… but I would not know how to explain to Christina that I tore a jacket for a sermon illustration – even though I am sure she should have said, “Sure, honey… FTG (for the Gospel)” :-)

So I ended up going to the local Salvation Army. I could not believe all the stuff they had over there. I literally spend one hour trying to find a jacket that was my size so that the illustration would look believe-able.

Guess how much I got for the two jackets (one for AA and the other for HMCC of Chicago)?

A whopping $9.98 – $4.99 each. Yup.

You should have heard the gasp in the room. I was privileged enough to see some of your faces. Some people had the look of – “I just can’t believe he just cut up that sport’s jacket!”

I pray that the point in the sermon will always stick in your mind. The staff and I are committed to do whatever it takes to help you experience transformation through God’s Word – sometimes we have to try extra hard to get a point across :-)

Don’t forget the one thing: God invites us to the privileged life through His righteousness.

The 10K Experience

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

I will first just give a quick overview in terms of what happened today and then later on, I will give more of an extensive reflection of my experience at the 10K.

We did not get off to a great start. When we arrived at the starting station, it started to drizzle and then it rained a little bit. As we were all lined up and ready to go, we were told that there was a delay due to a broken tree on the race path. I started to get nervous because I didn’t know if I would be able to get to church on time after the race – I was preaching today! Note to self: never be scheduled to preach if I do another race on Sunday.

The first mile was exhilarating with all the adrenaline pumping in my body. But then in the 2nd mile marker I started to get a cramp, which was probably precipitated by my lack of rest within the last two days.

I violated all the rules of running a race due to my inadequate preparation, but no excuses. I just know I could have trained and prepared myself better for this race. Now I know. Next time, I will glean wisdom from this experience.

But the silver-lining in all this is that I finished the race… right now, the time is not the issue. The real issue is that Christina BEAT me! The worst part was that my kids were there to witness all this – it bruised my dad ego :-) But I am proud of Christina because she stayed focused and steady all throughout the race.

After this race, I was wondering what sadistic person would even think about doing a marathon or even the Triathlon.
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The kids were waiting for us at the finish line
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This was right after the race… I am still trying to catch my breath
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The kids wanted to get in the picture as well