“Amy, I’m not sure how to tell you this. But there’s been a minor accident… We were longboarding around uptown and somehow one of Scott’s wheels got caught onto a rail…and so he fell kinda awkwardly. He’s perfectly okay though. It’s just that he’s in the emergency room right now with a broken leg and a few minor bruises around his arms and his right cheek. He’ll need to get a couple stitches but the doctor said there’s a good 65% chance he’ll be able to get out before the wedding on Saturday so I think we’ll be okay. The good news is I bought him some soba noodles so hopefully he’ll feel better & recover quicker. Yeah…so I guess we’ll see you on Saturday?”
As much as I wanted to play this BAD BAD…like really BAD joke on Amy that day, I restrained myself knowing that it would’ve been likely that before I could even confess it was a joke, I would’ve already found myself in the hospital with more than a broken leg and a few minor bruises lol. Plus it probably wouldn’t have been that funny. Believe me, I’ve learned that lesson one too many times (in my younger years).
Nonetheless, Scott’s bachelors was one that I think a lot of us really got to enjoy. No, there weren’t any strippers (even male ones…thanks to Tim & Paul). No booze, and no real debauchery this time besides a little male bonding that may have went a bit too far.
Half the guys longboarded around uptown & downtown to sight see while the other half walked around to stir up a hunger. At night, we crashed at a pretty sweet suite and did things…to Scott. Let’s just say things that we hope he’ll remember one day.
What I really wanted to blog about though isn’t about the party itself but rather a post about relationships. Scott as well as these others guys I’ve spent my years in college with have truly helped me define what I find to be most important in human relationships. I think we value different things in our relationship with people – whether it be similar interests, personality & human relation compatibility, and all those other things you probably learn in Sociology class. But the thing I’ll always value most in friendships & the people we meet is not just the same pastimes we share, compatibility, or other common interests but rather the common desire in knowing Him more. This is what lasts, what changed and continues to change me.
And the truth is, I’m extremely lucky to have met so many people – not just Scott and not just whom I’ve met in college, but several others in my life throughout high school who have challenged me in my pursuit of faith, who have been there in my highs & lows, who have run that race beside me, and lastly who have pursued me.
What do I mean by that? I spent most of my life chasing after my career & dreams. Why? You can read about it here. And yet throughout all my life, He’s put different people throughout in different stages of where I was who would care not for just my physical & mental well-being. But for what’s even more important - my spiritual well-being. With Scott, I remember him calling me on several occasions just to ask if he’d get to see me that week at large group or small group. And though, many times I remember rejecting him (and several others) for work, what’s stuck with me til now is that unending pursuit of me.
In the same way, I believe often we reject putting God first or even pursuing Him because we care so much about careers, academics, our dreams, our relationships with people, and what our flesh desires & hopes for. We put God somewhere in the back of our hearts.
I think sometimes we forget even what Christ meant on that cross for us. That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We forget how undeserving we are to live for ourselves. God did not come to this world to condemn it, but to save it. We were all already dead in our sins and destined to eternal death if there is any higher justice in this world. But yet God in his amazing grace & love would send Christ who knew no sin, to pay our debt, so that we might become His righteousness.
Our lives were never meant to be about us. And yet in our utter depravity, He did one of the most amazing things in His love & grace — He pursued us first.
Anyways, let the pics tell you about the rest of the evening -
Scale of 1-10 how good-lookin? I’d say maybe a 53.
the other dudes? meh 9.89 maybe.
dude, I’m glad Scott likes Sushi. this was a reminder of our SG’s genroku memory. Yes, Scott remember that?
the evening’s stripper.
At night, we played a couple games w/ our bachelor. We wanted him to remember us even after he tied the knot. The first game ensured that he would remember our physical traits. You can probably guess how the game was played.
The scary thing was Chris seemed to be enjoying it in this picture. Maybe he’s just that comfortable with his sexuality, always having enough ladies crowding around him anyways.
Then we got into a 3-person dating game where our bachelor had to know who we were by the questions he asked and the answers we gave. Only there was a catch…of course the voices did not sound like any of us. Let’s just say Scott heard a combination of smeagles (from Lord of the Rings), some concoction of a dying bird & a high pitch noise, & other unimaginable voices from really bad actors you would never want to hire for an animated film.
After our man-handling festivities, we ended the night sharing stories and had some time for prayer.
I think many would agree with me on this, that Scott really has been an amazing guy in our lives. It’s the little things he does — teaching us how to longboard, sharing his findings from the Word, wearing that darn green hat ever since I saw him 3 freakin years ago. The little things are what amount to the big things. And I think the big thing is how he’s affected so many of us positively throughout the years through his unique personality, but more importantly his love for Christ. Hopefully this blog post will serve as a reminder one day for him to treat us to a VIP lounge at his private executive room when he becomes a noodle bar tycoon businessman. Don’t forget that Amazon started in a garage. Now we’re just waiting to say that their amazing noodle bar started from a backyard.
Fourth year undergrad at UTD.