The Music of Our Lives

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
This TEDS video inspired me. It reminded me of an important life lesson that I keep on forgetting in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life. So often in life, we try to achieve lofty goals but in the process we lose our heart.

Ji-Hae Park is an incredible violinist who had aspirations of becoming a world famous violinist; but in that pursuit she fell into a severe depression. What was once a love of her life became something that led her to a downward spiral.

The irony of her story is that music eventually led her out of the depression.

But now, the key difference is that she is playing the violin to show forth the beauty of music to the world. Ji-Hae’s love for music became a gift that she shared with people. She learned that if she played just for her fame and fortune, it would lead to despair. But if she played for others to enjoy the power of music, it would lead to freedom and joy.

When you watch the video, you will see the joy and passion shine.

I’m wondering how many of us lost the sense of wonder and joy of our relationship with Christ. We might have replaced it with meetings, serving and doing a lot of tasks for Jesus. But what did all those things lead to?

It is critical that we get back to the heart of worshiping Jesus for who He is. This is when people will be able to see a joy and passion like never before.
 
 
 

The Importance of Dads

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Viewpoint

 
I am constantly reminded about the importance of the father-son relationship. Even though the son’s relationship with his mother is just as important, there is something unique about the father-son relationship.

I have been trying to teach my boys about being a R.E.A.L. man. The acronym stands for: Reject passivity, Exemplify integrity, Accept responsibility, Lead courageously. A person can learn these principles from anyone, but when a son sees these traits modeled by their dad, it powerfully reinforces the significance of manhood.

This is something I want to keep on growing in, as my time with my boys will be limited as they go off to college.

The best way to teach them principles is by spending time with them. It is critical to find teaching moments through the daily things of life. I am praying that every father can make the investment to raise up the next generation of men.
 
 

Mother’s Day 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various

 
Happy Mother’s Day, especially to Christina who has exemplified what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman. The longer I observe what mothers go through, I more I realize that it is one of the most difficult roles a person can play. Too often, we don’t fully understand what mothers go through because we are not walking in their shoes.

It is easy to take mothers for granted. But if we can look at life from their perspective, we would be more thankful for all that they do.

This video show the limited and self-centered perspective of a child. One day, when the boy has his own family, he will understanding the sacrifice that his mother went through for him.

I am thankful for my mother and all the sacrifice that she has made for me throughout the year. I am also thankful for Christina and her life of sacrifice that she is demonstrating to our family. We are forever blessed!
 
 

TEAM Community Team #18

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Victories, Viewpoint

 

Photo by gbtan.org
 
 
 
This weekend we are having our leadership team summit for the 18th time in our church’s history. It is hard to believe that HMCC in Ann Arbor is finishing off its 17th year of ministry. There are lots of memories. Lots of ups and downs. But at the end of the day, there is nothing but joy and thankfulness for all that God has accomplished.

Sometimes when we do the same routine for a long period of time, it is easy to forget about God’s faithfulness. We quickly forget the history of how things got started. As I pause and reflect on the last 17 years, I am grateful that God brought us through different seasons. Many people have come and gone; and we have raised up many generations of people who are now making an impact around the world.

This weekend we are starting our 18th leadership team. With the new generation of people on our leadership team, it is important that tap into the 17 years of history and tradition. I was inspired by the Michigan Football Tradition. I always found it fascinating that they name their football team according to a number. This year’s 2013 team will be Team 134. The reason behind this is because of the 134 years of Michigan Football. The 2014 team will be Team 135.

Starting this year, we are going to use the University of Michigan football team number reference to identify our leadership team. Therefore, this year’s leadership team will be known as TEAM Community Team 18.

The reasons for this are:

1) To bring a sense of history. Due to our context on a college campus, there is a lot of turnover. In our church change is constant because people are always in transition. Therefore, new leaders are not familiar with the HMCC history or tradition. Also, it is easy for some of the older leaders to forgot how everything got started. This is why we have to keep on telling the His-stories.

2) To bring a sense of unity. Championships are won by teamwork and not by a single person. When everyone is unified and does their part, great things can be accomplished. We cannot put the focus on just one person. The only person who deserves the spotlight is Jesus. We need to make it more about Jesus than anything else. Therefore, if the leaders think and act as team, we will do great things.

3) To bring a sense of sodality. Webster’s Dictionary defines, “sodality” as, “an organized society or fellowship.” We all need to know that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. It is important that people realize that things don’t revolve around them, but rather on a bigger vision and mission. When people in a community share the same values to achieve a goal, they experience oneness of heart. When championships are won, even the trainers get a ring because they are part of that group.

I am looking forward to partnering up with Team 18. It is going to be a great year!
Let’s win some championships!