– To live a life so different that we offer others a choice.
When I first took this photo 4 years back, I immediately liked it a lot. It might not be stunning or breathtaking, but it represents a kind of life that a minority of people live, a life that go against the flow, a life that says we will not conform to what the society today regards as norm, a life that says we will not fit ourselves into what the world today regards as success, the alternative life.
Pastor How preached a heartfelt message a few days back during UR Camp revival night, though I am not a university student yet, but I was impacted nonetheless. Sitting there in revival night, hearing all the stories and testimonies of young adults/students choosing to live the alternative life, I just felt so moved, and yet so proud to be in Heart Of God Church, to be among these heroes and heroines, changing the world around us bit by bit.
When a school camp cheer requires participants to speak vulgarities, one stood up and said that he will not want to participate in it as he is a Christian, and speaking vulgarities is against his values…
When a professor played a movie with many sexual scenes for a film study project in a lecture hall, a group of 4 students stood up and walked out of the lecture hall, and contacted the lecturer afterwards that they will not participate in this project even if it means that they will not get graded for it…
A well to do family, good results, good background, all set to go overseas and study in a dream college, decided to stay in Singapore, so that she can be in church serving and give her best years to God…
Being offered prestigious internship position, gave it up to be part of church internship programme…
Not forgetting our very own Pastors, who first showed us what it means to live an alternative life, giving up a huge bonus and a journalist job in the largest newspaper company in Singapore, The Straits Times, giving up his father’s multi-million dollar business, Pastor How and Pastor Lia started Heart Of God Church, a place where broken teenagers found hope, where purposeless young adults found meaning, where dreams are built, love is found, a different breed of people who chose to live an alternative life are born.
Pastor shared with us that if we want to make a difference, we must first be different. Our lives and choices will confront the people around us, that they have to think/re-think about their lives, and be aware that there is a different path, an alternative life.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
I am ready to live the alternative life, a life on the altar.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
“The economy of the Kingdom of God is quite simple. Every new step in the Kingdom costs us everything we have gained to date. Every time we cross a new threshold, it costs us everything we now have. Every new step may cost us all the reputation and security we have accumulated up to that point. It costs us our life. A disciple is always ready to take the next step. If there is anything that characterizes Christian maturity, it is the willingness to become a beginner again for Jesus Christ. It’s the willingness to put our hand in His and say, ‘I’m scared to death, but I’ll go with You, You’re the Pearl of great price.” – John Wimber
Just thinking about the quote from John Wimber that Pastor How shared with us in church last weekend as he preached about Faith-based Decision Making.
Father, I am willing to take every step with You, I am willing to be a beginner again for You.
Here I am, send me…