Archive for February, 2009

His Favour Is All The Difference You Need

giving all glory to the One who gave it all

It’s true. His favour raises you up to places where the natural cannot take you.

Today, Zhengkai and I attended the press conference organised by the Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) 2009 at the National Museum of Singapore. So this post is as much a public relations plug (heh) as a testimony as well. ZK’s short film, DISTANCE (一支针 ,一条线) was nominated as one of nine finalists (out of more than NINETY submissions) for the Singapore Short Film Competition as part of the SIFF2009.

SIFF2009 poster


DISTANCE in the festival programme!

the second last one


official link

Because I was credited by ZK as the producer for the film, which really was me transporting equipment, buying lunch and fetching kopi, I was extended the invitation to attend the press conference as well (this is called, as I’ve told others, being more than a conqueror), along with other familiar faces and names like Jack Neo, Royston Tan, Kelvin Tong.. now isn’t that undeserved favour!

trying to remain calm during photo-taking


all the local nominees up for the awardsZK is top row, first from left

Kelvin Tong (first row, third from left), Uncle Jack (FR, fifth from left), Royston (top row, centre)

So what else can it be but His free favours? I remember writing this in September last year, after finishing the two gruelling days of shooting. Whatever I felt, ZK went through many times more, having to direct, act, watching every take on the monitor to ensure he had enough good takes to move onto the next scene. Today, as I observed how the people in the industry, even Royston Tan himself, coming up to ZK and congratulating him, I couldn’t help feeling overwhelmingly happy and proud of this precious brother in Christ.

And God is so sweet to allow me the privilege to be there as well, grabbing front-row seats to ZK’s testimony unfolding before my very eyes.

When I re-read the post back in September (which I titled “The Appearance of Favour” for no particular reason then, but seems particularly apt now, in hindsight), I couldn’t help but be awed at the words Abba drew from me, almost five months ago:

“It’s been a privilege to have been part of his shoot. Don’t we all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves? ‘Despise not the day of small beginnings’, as I was brought to remembrance today. Some people will see it as pure hard work and unappreciated labour, sweat and toil exchanged for nothing; but for myself I say that I see the mark of greatness, the very seed of promise planted and destined to bear much fruit.

I wish I could write more, but as I watched the various takes on the monitor, I was left wordless at what I saw. So much potential. So much said with no lines spoken. And only You can bring that potential to manifest in its entirety. Let it be so, Dad.

This is my earnest prayer for my friend, brother and Your beloved.”

All I can say is, yes, His favour is all the difference you need for good success. It’s not our natural skills, talent, networking, schmoozing or whatever exists in the natural that guarantees our position or recognition. Instead, it is His favour and His qarah that will propel you to stand before kings, precisely because it is undeserved and unearned. Our flesh was never meant to accomplish anything noteworthy and that is why we have been given that perfect work at the cross that has ensured good days and days of heaven for us on earth.


the suitably happy boy/director/son of God

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the technical stuff

singapore short film finalists trailer

Singapore Short Film Finalists Screenings (114 mins, 9 shorts): The Arts House – Screening Room
15th Apr, 9:15pm
The Arts House – Screening Room
18th Apr, 11:30am
The Arts House – Screening Room
25th Apr, 4:30pm

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From March 1:
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From March 7:
Special early bird sale exclusively for NTUC members.

Life Above The Sun

takingflight

It’s been a curious week. Until today I never really saw how oppressed I was, with all manner of sly attacks and accusations directed towards me. Sneaky little stabs in the darkness when the silence grew too loud. Whispered lies that hung like heavy grey clouds over my head.

But You sent Darlene with ‘This Is Our God’ resounding within the auditorium walls, bringing back to memory the sense of the momentous and the lifechanging as I stood within the Acer Arena in Sydney. Partaking of Your broken body and shed blood with a desperate cry for You on my lips. And then the shafts of light streaking through the cloud with the Word by Pastor Prince, before banishing it completely.

As I was telling Yosh, it is strangely exciting because this level of attack means that there’s something awesome You’ve already been preparing ahead of me.

And this is what life above the sun is about. Your unfair goodness and undeserved favour marking all my days.

Choosing To See

Jonwwy posted this on his blog, which is an excellent and opportune reminder to me. Thanks bro.

Seasons change and shift. Yesterday was a typical hot and humid Singapore evening with the heat setting everybody’s teeth on edge; a grim reminder that the cool of the monsoon season may very well be over completely. No more chilly nights huddling under the covers. No gales messing up your hair when you sit alone at your secret spot by the sea. And yet, this afternoon, in the heat of day, clouds blanket the entire sky and the air is filled with calm breezes.

“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (emphasis mine)

Paul said it didn’t matter if he knew nothing, because he chose to fixate upon Jesus’ finished work. That was all he needed. Because everything else in his ministry flowed from that knowledge. So it doesn’t matter if you’ve read clever books or quirky television shows or follow the top fashion blogs religiously or can critically analyse arthouse films or write like Murakami or take really beautiful photos or have a high-flying job and position. They have no real benefit in the face of beholding the finished work of Calvary.

It doesn’t even matter if you don’t know the correct verses to speak into your situation. Just bring Jesus and Him crucified into it. He will enable, empower, teach, guide and most of all, love.

Why complicate things when the truth is staring right at you in the face?

Do not worry. Do not fret. I am here. I have for you a hope and a future. You are my son. Which father does not delight in giving his child good things? Do not be afraid. I am.

This is my father’s voice as he speaks to me.

She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today.” Ruth 3:18

“Sit still. And see my salvation.”