Monday, March 12, 2007

Youth Service

I see the youth gathering as a place to provide joy, a sense of belonging, and the motivation to urgently pursue our God-given dreams. To a certain extend, I believe that those are already taking place in the hearts of our youths.

I forgot how long it has been since we started having this small hall for our youth gatherings. But I'm really grateful for this small setting provided by the church. Previously we had to meet in the church santuary - a place with a capacity of 200 people. It can get rather depressing when you look at the number of empty seats. It's different with this hall - it fits the numbers nicely, we have our own sound system with 1 keyboard, 1 guitar, and 1 microphone, and we actually have our very own wall!! Sure, it isn't perfect & the stage area is messy most of the time, but it's a place of our own to fully and freely express ourselves.

To me, having a small hall as a starting point is a very good thing. It tunes our minds to focus on the important things & also to get the small things right first. I think we did alright. We could have done better, way better, that's for sure. But what we have - the victories & the lessons - we'll take to heart and move onto something greater, bigger. To achieve excellence & never settle for mediocrity. It's about time we rise up, it's about time we answer the call, it's about time we fly.

There are intiatives that has to be taken. And one important step is to make extra effort to touch the people at the other side of the curtain. We have to take it to them - the joy, the sense of belonging, and the motivation to urgently pursue God-given dreams.


I was never the type who would make cards or write small notes & give to people. But May is a pro in that & she's the one who decided that we should give something to my brother to bring back to Australia as a souvenir of his trip back to Malaysia.

And indeed it was a really fruitful trip. It was like the most significant month I've had with him. I remember the intense conversation we had in the car. Saw him play chinese chess with his childhood friend was really a joy. & I'll never forget the expression on his face when he excitedly told us about a musical he wrote. I saw the enthusiasm on his face & then a realisation...


Maybe I should write more about my brother...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Tribute

This is for my cell group.

Rebecca: Thank you for preparing lovely food for our gatherings. You're a good cook. Thank you for being a friend to Pauline & Ker Xin. Thank you for bringing them into our lives.

Michelle: I really enjoy your smile. You may be quiet among us, but your smile is really loud, and that's a good thing. Like to see you being excited about something.

Chi Wing: Thanks for increasing the entertainment value of our cell group. You're there to entertain the people. You bring extra laughter to the group.

Sabrina: It's great to witness your growth. Press on, God is preparing you. Thank you for bringing your friends & introducing them to us - they are a lot of fun.

Anna: Thank you for being a fun person. I enjoy being in your company. Thank you for being so generous with your smile.

Brian: Thank you for easing this burden. It's easy working with you. Thank you for your height too - many jokes have been created due to that... Haha...

You come to my house for cell meetings, but somehow I'm the one who feels welcomed. Thanks for allowing me into your life. I hope I've done some good. Thanks for laughing at my jokes.