Hyo Jin Moon October 14, 2007 Belvedere 7:00 am
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Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and Yeon Ah nim and offer a standing bow.
Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage.
Good morning (Good morning)
On my last trip to Korea I went and met somebody; met somebody that I really didn't like.
I have my reasons, but I am not going to get into it for you, but I really did not like this guy.
He is, in every sense of the word, being snake-ish; that's about it.
But he is struggling with malignant cancer, so I went to see him. And I told him "Hey just drop it all" and he was repenting and was trying to say a lot of stuff. I told him "You don't need to say anything. Let's just end it here; forget it and move on, and I will do my best to find more of courage in me to forgive you"
When you think about time, how long do you think you're going to live? 100 years? Are you going to live 100 years 120, 200? (Laughter)
We all know that most people spend two-thirds of their life doing something other that work. Right? Most people sleep seven or eight hours a day. Right? (Snaps fingers) one third gone. (Laughter) You go from point "A" to point "B" and that kind of stuff, waiting, hygiene, eating, gossip, whatever, taking care of business, whatever, studying (Snaps fingers) gone!
Even if you live 100 years you've got about 30 years to work to try to do something.
What are you going to do? Why is the concept of time so relevant to us? It is literally held to our head like a loaded gun. And we're supposed to learn about eternity. Right? Love, eternal love.
How do you take something that has no time constraint and put it into the frame of time? That is the greatest paradox, isn't it?
So when you think about love, what do you think about? What do you want: something that lasts forever? What is that basic stuff?
To me time is about studying. It's about going to a class. Ok, whatever 101 will start at 9:30 and it will end at 10:30. It's that stuff.
Time is about learning something; it's about study. That's about it. And what are you studying?
As I grew older that's what I felt. The moment that I said "Let's forget about this" when I met that guy, I realized "Why the hell did I hold all this hatred if this was inevitable?"
Without the concept of time I would not feel what I felt, the learning that I felt in my heart. It wouldn't be something to me; it would just be a concept that would go in one ear and come out the other ear.
I felt it. Some things God wants you to feel; that's why you have time. Because it's important to feel something; and that feeling should last forever. Why, because that's the basis of what you are, what we are, what God is. And from that we can grow forever.
Nobody wants to study forever! I want to enjoy myself for a million years. OK, I go to school for the next thousand years, OK? I have two million years over. I promise. (Laughter)
We all have somebody to connect to. And you find that somebody to love you should pay attention to those moments.
There are some things that, in the end, will be inevitable whether you like it or not, that you must learn. I know that you don't have time, but take time; take it easy. Some things are inevitable; don't rush.
We have to learn. We're learning. Life is about learning. Short. Thank God! He just wants us to learn about the basics. The basics, if you can give, if you can take, if you can love, if you can forgive. Basic things, there are things that are inevitable whether you like it or not, you will learn before you die. And if you do, you are the fortunate one.
OK? Time, yes it seems long sometimes, especially when you're miserable. And of course in the opposite case it's too short.
Life in it self is too short, OK, and it's about learning the basics. You've got plenty of time, cause that's what I believe. Life is way too short for me here.