Grace!

David C

I’m a physician that often bridges very dif­fer­ent worlds. Voca­tion­ally, my foci are in inter­nal med­i­cine and pedi­atrics. Geo­graph­i­cally, I grew up in the sub­urbs but was invited and lived "on the block". Eth­ni­cally, I’m Asian and Amer­i­can. Socially, I’m an intro­vert that enjoys pub­lic speak­ing (mainly as a plat­form for ideals). Polit­i­cally, I lean center-left but have deep Evangelical Chris­t­ian roots. Aca­d­e­m­i­cally, I’ve stud­ied engi­neer­ing, med­i­cine, and health pol­icy. Faith-wise, I am decid­edly Christian.

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8 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow, I really liked this =)

  2. Anonymous says:

    so I have no idea if you are going to read the comments on revelife but::

    I think this is a wonderful, wonderful post not mention that you love Donald Miller. I love all of his books, his blog, and I will hopefully get to see him on his current tour for the release of his newest book <3 <3 <3

    I would also like to point that you never seemed angry at your parents, you just knew that it was the way they were and not their fault. You never blamed them. That is extremely important <3

    Honestly, one of the best things I have read in a while. Thanks :]

  3. Me says:

    Thanks for the kind comment; I do get frustrated with my parents frequently, but I don’t hold this in particular against them because it did bring about a lot of good in my life. Just a part of my particular path, though I’m pretty sure that a lot of Asian Christians struggle with very similar issues.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s a Korean thing as well. The presence of grateful enjoyment is the rhythm of giving and receiving.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I was just thinking about this exact same issue today! What you say is terribly spot-on…!

  6. Anonymous says:

    It is difficult to accept things! I had an old boyfriend who coached me, “Smile. Say thank you. That’s it,” because I was so awkward and would ramble on for ages or try to give things back.

  7. Anonymous says:

    dude. what’s wrong with me? how could i have missed this entirely awesome entry?
    i know what you mean, about returning favor for a favor…my parents and the khmer (cambodian) culture is the same way. if someone gives you $100 as a wedding gift, when its your friends turn, you pay ’em back that same $100. and you summed it up so well.. its about pride. i couldn’t have described it better.

    when you started to talk about grace, i was totally thinking, “Dude, have you read Ragamuffin Gospel by Manning? he writes Grace so well…” but then in the following paragraph, you inserted Blue Like Jazz by Miller which is ANOTHER really well written book, one of my fav’s actually.

    so .um.. yeah! *high five. praise God for His unconditional love and His unrelentless grace that chases us even when we don’t even realize it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    GREAT article. Two thumbs up. Thought I was the only geek, nerd, outcast, antisocial, freak Asian American all through middle school, high school, and college, too. But I was AWED that the Lord would use your entries to inspire me — hey, I’m not the only one who suffered all that social stuff — and to uplift me even as I pursue medical school myself. It’s been hard, tough, emotionally turbulent at times, but I’m clinging to Him. Keep up the good work! — J

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