I had my k-pop days. It was back in high school when I first discovered this industry. One of my youth group girls loved k-pop. She knew all the lyrics to the songs, read its gossip pages, and perfectly reenacted their dance moves. I was baffled about the amount of dedication she had for this genre of music. Before giving her too slack for it, I decided to do some research on my own.
No big surprise, I was sucked in — just like her. Kpop knows how to successfully win an audience beyond teenage girls. There were women and men of all ages who would stand in line to see a glimpse of their idols. Dedication goes a million miles with buying them expensive gifts, translating every interview they were in for international fans, and you cannot forget — building water wells in Cambodia under their idol's name (yes...I have personally touched some).
Being a kpop idol is nothing different from being in One Direction. You either have one or (if lucky) both of the following qualities: good looks & talent. (I do not want to disregard all the talent and hard work they do go through! Many train for more than three years to debut and often times their popularity doesn't last as long as their training.)
So there I was, laying in bed with my laptop on my side, watching k-pop videos. What fascinated me the most was when I stumbled upon a new group with a member who was working towards a different dream before beginning his training as a k-pop idol. It confused me to see that someone could throw away such a big dream they were so close to grasping in order to gain a slim chance of debuting as a k-pop idol.
I never understood why people can talk about all these great things people are doing yet refuse to go do it themselves. They speak of the need that is greatly unmet in the town next to them, yet they never left their couch to see how they can help. Partly, it's because they're all talk. On the other hand, that's just not what His plans are for them. You can have a deep desire and passion for His people but that does not mean you should be in the middle of the battlefield. 'Desires to following Him' should not be a relative term but rather one that is constantly burning. Your love for that place and your ability to meet its need doesn't change, the process just might look different. Prayer from miles away or teaching from their doorstep, it's just as important in His plan and just as powerful.
Maybe this k-pop idol heard that his calling is to be where he is now. If it is, then I really commend him for giving up his desires and following Him. At the end of the day, I do sometimes wish I was at the physical location of where my heart has fallen in love with but I know that it's not His time. He gave me those desires so they can quickly be taken away and given new ones — either way, always the best is given.
*I wrote this back sometime in May 2014...I think...