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Haha! I Can Tell A Good Steak!

There was an argument between a football columnist and a coach about a goalie. The columnist once has been considered as one of the keen-eyed critics in the field of football or soccer in a more region-specific term. Even though he was a very successful critic, when he tried to put his knowledge into practice by becoming a coach himself, it was a total failure. In just a couple of months later he was laid out, which became a stain in his career.

This columnist was criticizing a goalie in a English football club. This aroused a heated argument between the columnist and the coach of the team about his qualification to evaluate a player considering his failure in selecting  good players as coach. So the coach of the team defended his player saying that the guy has no ability to judge a player is good or bad. If he had, he wouldn’t have failed himself when he was leading a team as coach.

For this criticism, he gave an excellent comment to prove that he has a qualification to make a judgment for a football player and his comment is true:

Gary Neville’s Comment about his ability to judge a player.

Haha. I’m not a chef but I know a good steak!

I think it is so witty a comment which can be turned into your own!

Haha. I’m not a columnist but I know a good column!
Haha. I’m not an artist but I know a good art!
Haha. I’m not a musician but I know a good music!
Haha. I’m not a doctor but I know a sick person!

Haha. I know. I know.

Somehow I think this comment is very appropriate to describe the world we live in. There are so many people claiming that they know about this and about that! When they fight like this, we can laugh about their sincerity and devotion for the things they are doing even though it come to cause more arguments.

Haha. I’m not a listener but I have ears.


Mother’s Teaching: A Beautiful Mind

Once there was a father who had a son complaining all the time. One particular day, his son was complaining too much and the father wanted to fix his bad attitude for good and called his son. “My son, sit down here.” He called his son and made him sit in front of him and said, “Son, I really wish that you listen to whatever I say today and do as I tell you to do this once.” The son got alarmed and said that he would do. The father asked him to go to the kitchen and bring a handful of salt and a cup of water. When his son came back, he said, “Now put the salt you have in your hand into the cup and stir the water.” The son did as he was told and stirred the water of the cup after adding the salt. Then the father said, “My son, now drink the water.” The son was reluctant to do it, but since he promised that he would do anything his father told him to do, he drank the water. Immediately he frowned and looked at his father as if he was asking what it was all about. At that moment his father asked him, “What does it taste like?” “It is salty,” said his son.

Now the father told the son to bring a handful of salt again and took him to a lake and told him to put the salt into the lake. And he gave his son a stick to stir the salt water so that the salt would melt. The son stirred the water until he could not see any salt and looked at his father. His father told him to scoop up a cup of water from the lake and told him to drink. He dipped the cup and drank water from the lake. When he had finished, his father asked again, “What does it taste like?” The son said, “It is so refreshing and even it tastes sweet.” After listening to his son, the father told him. “What did you learn from this?” The son looked at him obediently. Then the father said, “Son, you are always complaining for everything. When something unpleasant happens, you show immediate response for it by complaining. You are like the water in the cup. When something happens, you are affected by it and summit yourself to it just like the water in the cup. When a small amount of salt was added to it, it became salty immediately even though it was clean and good in the beginning. But now think about the water from the lake. Even though you added the same amount of salt in it, it did not lose its taste and its taste seems to have improved after the salt was added.”

His father continued, “I hope you become like the water in the lake and you would accept bad things and change them into something good. You should not easily be influenced by things happening around you; rather you must keep yourself calm and give positive influence to others when something bad happens.”


Mother gave us one teaching. It says:

As the sea receives all the dirt and purifies it, we should have a broad and beautiful mind enough to cover up even the faults of our brothers and sisters. (Teachings of Mother)

In the same way, the story teaches us the same thing: not to complain. Rather, we should have broad mind to accept and purify bad things into something people can enjoy.

A Story: A True Miracle

This is what actually happened in a world history class. The teacher of the class once had a chance to study the history of the Jews when they come out of Egypt. She did not believed in God and the bible, and she said in a discrediting way that the biblical description of the crossing of the Red Sea is completely untrue. To prove her points, she mentioned about the origin of the Red Sea and the name was originally “the Sea of Reeds,” and just as the reeds are growing in a shallow water, the part of the Red Sea the Israelites crossed was very shallow and the water reached only up to ankle. That is why it was possible even for a kid to cross the water.

While she was explaining in that way, one of the students of the class said, “Amen” in a loud voice. He was believing in God and the bible. The Teacher got surprised and looked at the student and asked, “What did you say “Amen” for?” The Student replied in a confident voice. “It was because I saw the true miracle of God in your story.” The teacher who tried to discredit the bible got shocked and asked if he could explain the reason. And the student said, “If the water of the Red Sea the Jews crossed was so shallow that even the little kids could cross, how could all the warriors and soldiers of Egyptians who must have been all grown-ups and all the horses of the armies could get drowned in the water. If that happened, I can conclude it was only the work of God. God is the only one who could drown all the Egyptian armies in that shallow water. It is a true miracle of God.”

After listening to the explanation of the student, the teacher could not say anything. How gracious is God giving wisdom to a young man like him to silence the wisdom of man!

Egyptian Chariot Remains under the Red Sea

A Good Story: The House In Heaven

A rich man went to heaven.
He looked around here and there and he found a beautiful house and said to the angel, “Who is the owner of the house?”
“This is the house of the one who was working as servant at your house?”
The rich man was surprised at the angel’s answer.
“How that could be!!” He said, “How could he have such a nice house as this in Heaven?”
The angel answered, “The house in Heaven is built with the materials sent from the earth. And this house was also built with the material he sent from the earth while he was living.”
He walked a long way and he saw another house which looked old and very shabby.
“Who in the world can live in this house?”
The angel answered to the question of the rich man. “This is the house for you.”
The rich man got surprised and shocked. “What? Why is my house so shabby?”
The angel answered, “There is no error or mistake in the kingdom of God. This house was built with the very material you sent from the earth.”


We can store up blessings whenever we give love and sacrifice to others by obeying the words and command of God through our good deeds. For the house to dwell forever what materials am I preparing while living?

Matthew 16:27  For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

A Story From My Page

Movie Demolition: Can You Fix Broken Things?

This movie, “Demolition” gave many things to think about. It is a story of a very successful banker who experiences deconstruction of all the things he once knew after the death of his wife. Out of shock for the death of his wife in a car accident, he starts to disassemble broken things. He starts to demolish malfunctioning things in the notion that if you can disassemble everything completely, then you can find out the malfunctioning thing and you can fix it.

He starts to disassemble things around him and also he starts to disassemble his own memories to figure out what went wrong. Why is the toilet door making noises? Why is his computer not working? Why did the vending machine in the hospital fail to give him what he paid for? Why are there so many broken things? While he was looking at the broken things outside and tried to fix it, he realized that there are many broken things in his memory and in this life (especially in his marriage life). How can I know what went wrong? To know what is wrong, first he must disassemble everything and put everything apart to find out broken parts which cause problem.

To figure out what went wrong in his life, he first take apart his office life. He break himself away from all the familiar things around him in his office: his office and things he used to use, the workers around him, and most of all his boss and also his father-in-law. He tries to redefine all the relationship he once had known. Not only that, he start to break down the private space in which he spent his marriage life with his wife, that is, his house. He starts to break down the windows, doors, TV sets, walls, drawers, everything in the house.

The more he breaks down things, the more difficult it becomes for him to put things together. While disassembling things, what he find out is that there is no answer to fix the problem, and neither is there any way for him to go back to the original condition. His demolition reveals that fixing is out of the question. And the only thing he can do is to demolish everything completely and in that way he can start from the scratch. Now at the end of the movie he is demolishing things, not because he wanted to find the answer or to fix the problem, but just to break down everything which belongs to his previous life so that he can start a new life.

In life you cannot fix anything. And if it goes wrong beyond your control, demolish it so that you may build a new one. Whether you are happier or not, it does not matter because there is no other way to make your life go on. Can you fix broken things to make it work? Perhaps or perhaps not.

A Story Of A Tree Frog

In Korea there is a old story of a tree frog.

The frog was very disobedient to the words of his mother when he was young. When his mother told him to do some work, he would go out and play around doing nothing. He did everything in the opposite way as he had been taught by his mother. If his mother said to go right, he would go left. And if his mother said to do work in the barley field, he would go up a mountain for hunting. He was so much disobedient, and his mother gave up on him.


And when the time came for her to end her life on this earth, she was worried about her tomb. If she told her son to prepare her tomb in the high mountain where there was no danger of flooding, she knew that he would make her tomb near the river and when a heavy rain came, her tomb would have been washed away. After thinking for a long time, she called her son and said to him, “My son, it is time for me to leave now. And I have a wish for you to do after my death. My will is to make my tomb next to the river right behind our home. Then I would be happy.”

She made this will just before her death, thinking that he would do it in the opposite way making her tomb on the mountain where she wanted him to do. After his mother’s death, the son finally felt sorry for what he had done while his mother was living and he repented of his old ways. And he wanted to make the will of his mother come true by making a tomb next a river where she told him to do. And he buried his mother next to the river and set up a tomb stone.

But that evening it started to rain. Even the heaven seemed to be sad for the death of the mother frog. It continued to rain several days and the son was alarmed about his mother’s tomb. He was afraid that it might be washed away by the rain. And he started to cry, “Ribbit, Rabbit.” From that time on, when it rains, the frogs cries for the fear that their mother’s tomb might be washed away in the rain: “What should I do, ribbit? My mother’s tomb would be washed away, ribbit?”


When I think of this story, I feel sorry for my mother and father and also my spiritual Father and Mother. It seems that the story was given to me to show me how disobedient son I must have been to my parents. I would like to repent when I still have some time.

Lost Time of 30 Years-A Song

This is the song sung during the TV program, “Finding Family Scattered.” This song tells stories of the second generation who was living during the 1980s about 30 years after the war without reuniting with their family members and who finally could meet their family members. Even though the younger generation or the siblings could meet together, but many of the previous generation died during the 30 year time period after their scattering and could not have the chance to meet their children. This song tells the stories of the reunited family members crying for their lost parents.

In the rain, snow or the wind, the long waited 30 years,
How many times did I cried without having anybody to lean on?
Now even though we, brothers gather together sharing the love we could not have had,
Father and Mother, where are you? 
I cry out for you, missing you.

Would it be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, 30 years of waiting with tears
How much did I cry out of sorrow for forgetting even the name of my hometown,
Now even though we, sisters gather together sharing the love we could not have had,
Father and Mother, where are you? 
I cry out for you, missing you.

비가오나 눈이오나 바람이부나 그리웠던 30년 세월
여지할 곳 없는 이몸 서러워하며 그 얼마나 울었던가요
우리 형제 이제라도 다시 만나서 못다한정 나누는데
어머니 아버지 그 어디에계십니까
목메이게 불러 봅니다.

내일일까 모래일까 기다린것이 눈물 맺힌 30년 세월
고향 이름 잊은 세월 서러워하며 그 얼마나 울었던가요
우리 남매 이제라도 다시 만나서 못다한정 나누는데
어머니 아버지 그 어디에계십니까
목메이게 불러 봅니다.

For the last 6000 years, the spiritual family got scattered from heaven. Without knowing their names, hometown, spiritual Parents and family members, they lived life of pain and suffering on this earth calling out help with tears. Now finally, our Father and Mother came to gather us together and calling out our name and telling us to come back to our hometown. Brothers and sisters, listen to Father and Mother! Come back to Zion! All our sorrows will turn into joy and all our pain would be comforted over our Mother’s love.

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King Solomon’s Ring Of Wisdom

Life on this earth is truly filled with many tears and sorrows, pains and sufferings. King Solomon with his wisdom knew clearly that everything on this earth is impermanent and will pass away quickly. Even though he had riches, wisdom, knowledge, power, wives, whatever a man desire after more than anyone on this earth, but still he did not lose his wisdom and knew that all these things are evanescent and meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 2:4   4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
and this was the reward for all my toil.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.

One day King Solomon asked one of his ministers, saying to bring something to him, something that would be able to comfort him in the time of sorrow and distress and that would be able to humble and calm him in the time of happiness and exaltation. The minister brought one thing to Solomon which gave him great joy and contentment when he saw it. It was a ring with a inscription of four Hebrew letters, גם זה יעבור” (gam zeh ya’avor), which means “This too shall pass.” Wisdom too shall pass; so are the riches, power, authority, youth, wealth, and finally short and absurd life. These words gave him much comfort, making him always aware that whether it is good or bad, a thing shall have its end just as it had its beginning: Everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.


This realization led him into a longing for the eternal and spiritual things that never end and that is not meaningless. To gain eternity he concluded:

Ecclesiastes 12:13   Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

God and his world is eternal. Before our short life on this earth is over and we should go to stand in front of God for the judgement, Solomon teaches us to remember God and obey his commandments because God can give us the eternal life in heaven.

Sae-ohng’s Horse

Sae-ohng’s Horse

Once in China There was a man named Sae-ong in a village. One day, his female horse ran away and did not come back. All the people of the town came and comforted him for his loss, but he did not show any change in his emotion. He was as calm as he was before. A few days later, the female horse came back to Sae-ong’s house, bringing a tall and stout male horse along. Nobody came to claim the horse back. So the horse stayed in Sae-ong’s house. When people of the town visited Sae-ong, now they started to exclaim about the good fortune he received and they all envied the windfall he had, but Sae-ong did not answer anything to them without showing any happiness for the new horse.

One day, the firstborn son of Sae-ong wanted to try the new horse and put a saddle on it and rode out to a field to test the horse. The horse was swift as wind, and ran around the town and far into the field. But suddenly it stopped just in front of a tall fence, knocking Sae-ong’s son off to the ground and he broke his leg so badly that he became crippled for good. All the people of the town came to Sae-ong and wept for the leg of his son and comforted Sae-ong for the bad thing that happened to him. But Sae-ong did not seem to be sad at all. He worked and behaved as if nothing had happened to him. Now townspeople thought it strange that Sae-ong did not feel sad for his son.

After many years, the country was having a big war with a neighboring country. And all the young men was drafted as soldiers to the war and most of them died in the war. But Sae-ong’s son could not go to the war because he was crippled and he could save himself from the war. Now there were many in the town whose sons died in the war and came to visit Sae-ong and felt envious for the son of Sae-ong. All of them said how lucky it was for Sae-ong that his son was safe at home. But Sae-ong did not say anything. And Sae-ong lived many years and he died at his old age.