Campus Alive

October 22, 2011

Reaching Out

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 12:09 pm

I believe we are all drama kings and queens.

We complain way too much and we are never satisfied with life. We are seldom grateful for what we have and instead, we question why we are not given more. We whine about how life is terrible and how unfair life is for us. Whether it is a test that is coming up, or a pile of untouched assignments, we complain. But have we actually thought about how fortunate we already are? What about the people out there who doesn’t even get the opportunity for education? Next, we complain about our parents being too strict and not understanding enough. What about those people out there who are orphans and who would die to have parents who can nag them and care for them? To us, life may suck. But that’s only because we haven’t seen the lives of those less fortunate. Why compare ourselves to those that are rich and live lavishly? We should instead look at those who are less fortunate and reflect on how lucky we are.

That is the message I got from the sharing from Pastor Elisha last Thursday. He shared with us about stories of people who are grateful just to have a place to stay, people who are so poor that their entire house is the size of some of our living room, and also people whose parents are drug addicts. Upon hearing this, most peoples’ first thought would be that these situations are probably happening in all the poorer countries such as the rural parts of India or perhaps Africa.

But no, it is in fact happening right in front of us, right here in Kuala Lumpur.

This brings us to a call. This calling may not have to be a calling for us to give up all we have to be the next Mother Theresa or to give up our comfortable life and become a volunteer in some remote place in Africa. Instead, this calling is to ask us to do what we can for those in need. It may be in the form of money, help or just time. It also need not be only limited to visiting crisis homes or orphanages. I believe that even simple gestures like sharing your food with your poorer friends who can’t afford to eat a good meal or encouraging someone who has family problems are ways of giving back to society. It is all these small things that touch peoples’ hearts in a big way.

Start reaching out to those next to you! Care for the less fortunate and most importantly, ask the Lord for guidance always as we ask him to break our hearts for what breaks His. =)

Hannah Chen

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