Campus Alive

September 27, 2010

to Save a Life

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 8:42 pm

Campus Alive 2nd Movie Night

Death is a powerful thing. It can rip families apart or knit them tighter, it can bring with it despondence and misery, or – as in the movie – it can spark a series of life-changing events. In retrospect, the most profound impression I felt from this movie is how absolute and final death is. The curtain has fallen, the show is over and there is nothing you can do to turn back time and right the wrongs. It is this irrevocability of death that speaks most to me.

I saw how Jake struggled to come to terms with his (former) best friend’s unexpected suicide. It was a cry for attention, an act of desperation, and Jake saw that. And he blamed himself – “What if I was a better friend?” But even he knew that his “What if” questions can no longer be answered. His best friend is gone, and will never come back. Oh yes, he does change quite radically after the death, from a beer pong reigning champion to a church-going, non-discriminatory person who succeeds in preventing another suicide. While it is wonderful to see how God can work in people even through their struggles and pain, the “What if” question remains.

This got me thinking: Am I truly living my life the way He wants me to? Am I being “just another Christian”, or something more? So often, in our walk with God, we grow cold and complacent. We sing “I leave my life to the Potter’s hands” and we pray “Let Your will be done in my life” but do we mean what we say, or is it merely lip-service? Our excuse is frequently that we do not know what His will is, that it is far too great for us to comprehend. And yet we know that the Word clearly says ‘Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…’ (Matthew 28:19a). Is this not God’s desire for us? Is this not our duty as sons and daughters of God? Still, many choose to remain silent about the Good News. We do not deem it to be as important as getting straight As for our exams, winning competitions, etc. etc. But isn’t a life far more important and precious than any of our achievements?

Jake was blessed in the sense that through the loss of his friend and the guilt that consumed him, he managed to find God in the midst of it all. What about the people around us? Have they ever heard of Christ and His amazing love for us? While watching the movie, I couldn’t help thinking that the way Jake embraced God and clung to Him even in hard times is something I would want my friends to have. We who have tasted the sweet honey of Christ, ought we not share that with those we love and care about? Don’t we want to see them saved as well?

We rejoice because we have eternal life. Then don’t we want our loved ones to have eternal life as well, or is it that we don’t mind the idea of them suffering for eternity? How long will we wait before we finally share Christ with those we love? ‘Why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.’ (James 4:14); such is our life. Seeing Jake’s regret over Roger’s untimely death made me realise that waiting till tomorrow to share Christ with our friends may be too late.

While this may not have been the intended message of the movie, this is what occurred most to me. The salvation of souls is of utmost importance because God created everyone, young or old, male or female, dark or fair, and He loves each and every single one of us. Our lives do not cease to exist when we die; we have an eternity to live in the hereafter. Indeed, what are our lives? Let us not wait until tomorrow, or next week, or the next CA meeting before we do something, before we share Christ with our family and friends because by then, it may be too late.

__________Xiu Ying

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One thing that hit me most in the movie was loving the unseen people.

It’s so much fun, exciting and happening to be friends with people who are that way too – good in relating to others, friendly, etc.

Probably the situation isn’t as bad in our college as depicted in the movie, but we got to admit, ok, let’s not talk about “we”, but rather I have got to admit, at times, it’s how I subconsciously act. For instance, during an English presentation in my class, this rather quiet friend of mine came up to give his speech, and I suddenly realized, “Eh, I’ve never heard his voice before!” And it’s been two whole months of we being in the same class. Ouch! I guess I’m guilty.

Well, I can easily say it’s not my fault, I’m not bullying him like those guys in the movie are. But let’s see it in a different light. If I were him, and seeing most of my classmates engrossed in conversation, bursting out in loud laughter now and then, having so much fun, wouldn’t I feel a little left out? But because I’m shy, I can’t go to them. It’s weird. It’s just not me! Gosh, what’s wrong with me. I’m weird. I’m lonely.

Let’s look further, outside INTEC. What about the beggars on the streets? Many theories of why they beg, most common of which, they’re too plain lazy to work. True, probably, to a point. But have you ever pondered, what was it that made them willing to stoop that low to be considered the sampah masyarakat of society, to be despised and looked down upon. Could it probably be true that they’ve become numb to faith, hope and love? I believe deep down in everyone, there’s a desire to be loved.

And who can best offer love (other than God), if not us who’ve experienced True Love Himself living in us? The power of His love that is complete,  unconditional, perfect, holy, pure lives in us!

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth 1 John 3:18

You see, the closer we are to God, the more we want to be like Him, it’s a love factor. Well, my Jesus, during his time on earth purposely reached out to widows, sinners, tax collectors, the sick, the poor. I’m sure most of these people weren’t very outward in their personalities. But Jesus reached out to them.

Shouldn’t I?

Shouldn’t we?

__________Shu Yoong

One thing that hit me most in the movie was loving the unseen people.

It’s so much fun, exciting and happening to be friends with people who are that way too – good in relating to others, friendly, etc.

Probably the situation isn’t as bad in our college as depicted in the movie, but we got to admit, ok, let’s not talk about “we”, but rather I have got to admit, at times, it’s how I subconsciously act. For instance, during an English presentation in my class, this rather quiet friend of mine came up to give his speech, and I suddenly realized, “Eh, I’ve never heard his voice before!” And it’s been two whole months of we being in the same class. Ouch! I guess I’m guilty.

Well, I can easily say it’s not my fault, I’m not bullying him like those guys in the movie are. But let’s see it in a different light. If I were him, and seeing most of my classmates engrossed in conversation, bursting out in loud laughter now and then, having so much fun, wouldn’t I feel a little left out? But because I’m shy, I can’t go to them. It’s weird. It’s just not me! Gosh, what’s wrong with me. I’m weird. I’m lonely.

Let’s look further, outside INTEC. What about the beggars on the streets? Many theories of why they beg, most common of which, they’re too plain lazy to work. True, probably, to a point. But have you ever pondered, what was it that made them willing to stoop that low to be considered the sampah masyarakat of society, to be despised and looked down upon. Could it probably be true that they’ve become numb to faith, hope and love? I believe deep down in everyone, there’s a desire to be loved.

And who can best offer love (other than God), if not us who’ve experienced True Love Himself living in us? The power of His love that is complete,  unconditional, perfect, holy, pure lives in us!

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth 1 John 3:18

You see, the closer we are to God, the more we want to be like Him, it’s a love factor. Well, my Jesus, during his time on earth purposely reached out to widows, sinners, tax collectors, the sick, the poor. I’m sure most of these people weren’t very outward in their personalities. But Jesus reached out to them.

Shouldn’t I?

Shouldn’t we?

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2 Comments »

  1. Thanks Carol! You’re the best! : )

    Comment by sarah — September 27, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  2. great insights and testimonies! =)

    Comment by Jan — September 27, 2010 @ 9:11 pm


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