Monday, April 26, 2010

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Just something I wrote. And By the way, its internationally exhibited.


Mirrors. They’re everywhere. In the toilet, the bedroom, the car, in shopping malls, in schools, everywhere. Mirrors have become such a big part of our lives that we can’t get away from them. Whether it is to comb our hair, brush out teeth, check our appearance or even practicing speeches, it’s always a mirror that’s before us. Our lives have become such that we can’t leave home without a quick glance at the mirror. What was once a luxury in ancient times has now become a bare necessity for each one of us.

As Christians we too have a mirror that can reflect our spiritual being. The Spiritual Mirror, The Bible.

In many ways, mirrors serve as a confidence booster, to re-affirm one’s overall appearance. A quick look in the mirror, followed by a few adjustments to one’s clothing allows a person to feel more confident about himself. In the same way, the Spiritual Mirror should also serve as a confidence booster for us. As Jesus said in John 16:33,“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

This verse alone should give us the confidence we need to face the world, to go out there and preach the word. For our Lord said that He has overcome the world! That means that there is nothing in this world that is not under his subjection! Or as it is said in Deuteronomy 3 :18, “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”

By looking into our Spiritual Mirror, we should be able to throw away all our fears and to go out there and fulfill the Great Commission. For the Lord is our Savior and our guide in this world, with Him by our side we can anything, for as Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Have you ever seen convex mirrors by the side of sharp corners on roads? These mirrors help drivers to see oncoming cars and thus prevent accidents. In the same way, our spiritual mirror should help prevent us from sinning.  For “Here hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor 10:13)

As Christians, we too are a mirror, the mirrors of Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)  We should be mirrors that reflect the light of Jesus to the world. By our actions and conduct, our friends and family should be able to see the light of Jesus shining through us. For Jesus said in Matthew 5:14 that we are the light of the world.

However the thing is most of us are not reflecting the Word well. It’s like our mirrors have become dull and tarnished, unable to fully reflect Jesus’ light to the world. Our fear of being belittled have coated layers of dust upon our mirrors. As Christians, we should not be afraid, we should clean off those layers of dust and polish our mirrors, lest we become as James says,

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. (James 1 : 23,24)

Therefore, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tales of a sick boy.

 A not so long, long time ago, there was a boy. A boy who fell sick on the day of his JPA interview. 

It was on the morning of the JPA interview. The boy woke up feeling that something was not right. He was feeling kind of hot but yet he had no fever. Brushing it aside he decided to being preparing himself to face the JPA interview which was at 2pm.So he proceeded to get his clothes out, when he started feeling queasy. A certain feeling sent impulses from his lower abdomen to his brain, screaming for the toilet.  He rushed to the toilet  to relieve himself, and thankfully felt better.

Soon, it was time to leave for the interview. The boy decided that tie's were hot and uncomfortable and didn't wear one for the interview. At the interview lounge, he met some of his friends, a dog and a gay. Looking around  he noticed that many of the interviewees were wearing ties. "What a bunch of fakers", he thought to himself, "Some of them look like they've never worn a tie before." Sure enough, some of their ties were all crooked and not even pulled up. Well that didn't bother him, since the thing going through his mind was, "Why should I look good for a bunch of racist idiots? Might as well wear what I feel comfortable in." 

Taking a glance at the bulletin board, he discovered that he was under the same panel as the dog. Panel 1. Thus started a long wait for his turn. The hours ticked by, and the number of interviewees gradually reduced, all of them slowly being called in groups of 4 or 5 to meet their panel of racist interviewers. Finally it was just 4 of them left waiting in the lounge and we were called up to the second floor where they waited some more.  

The 4 of them were, dog, a guy from Catholic High and a girl from Muar. Coincidently, it was discovered that they all had a common birthday month, June and were all Chinese. Among them the dog applied for Engineering(Germany), the guy law and the girl Accounting. As for the boy, he had opted for Engineering. It was about 4.30pm when finally the door opened and they were asked to step through that cloudy glass door to meet those racist interviewers. There was 2 M's and 1 Indian behind that door, sitting behind their table, looking all high and mighty. So it started.

The beginning introductions were required to be done in Malay. The boy, already detesting the Malay language, crapped something about himself in broken BM. Then was the 1st question, which was, "Apakah pandangan anda jika murid university melibatkan diri dalam politik?" His answer was, "Tak wajar" Politik di Malaysia tak matang. Masih ada pelbagai konflik antara parti. He wanted to add cause M's are stupid, but he refrained himself. Next was the question in English. The question was, "There is a notion of baring the number of SPM subjects to 8, what are views on that?" Well his view was why 8? Let's make it 10. Let's abolish Moral (cause it's a stupid subject), and offer religious studies instead. This allows the freedom of choosing another extra subject, and bla bla bla bla....... After another round of career related questions, they were dismissed. Well bye bye to you, racist interviewers. 

When he reached home, he began to feel very tired and went to bed. 1 hour later, he woke up with fever. High fever. Thus started his one week sickness of dengue. Oooh it felt good. He felt so hot it was cold, so cold that it was hot. Hungry with no appetite and sleepy all the time. It lasted until Saturday, when it started to subside a little. However with a Panadol, he was able to make it for the Franciscan Night Dinner. After the dinner he went back and slept some more until he finally fully recovered on Tuesday. Thus ended the one week sickness for the boy. The End