You Just Lost Your Whole Life

 

I got this from a sermon in a Sunday service.

 

There was a professor walking along a shore to get fresh air. Then he met a fisherman on a boat, and asked him if he can go with him to the sea. The fisherman said yes.

 

It was afternoon and the sky was clear that they can see the stars and the moon. Birds were flying around them. Then the professor started a conversation.

 

Professor: “Do you know what kind of birds they are?”
Fisherman: “I’m a low man. I don’t know what they are.”
Professor: “You just lost a quarter of your life not learning things.”
Then the professor looked at the sky.
Professor: “Do you know what constellation it is?”
Fisherman: “I’m a low man. I don’t even know what a constellation is.”
Professor: “You just lost a quarter of your life not learning things.”
The fisherman lost half of his life, according to the professor.
Then there was a strong wind, making waves, and swung the boat.
Fisherman: “Do you know how to swim?”
Professor: “I don’t know.”
Fisherman, knowing that the wind will get stronger: “You just lost your life.”

 

Moral of the story: Highly proud men will see his downfall. We need others in our life, so do not look down to others. Kho Ping Hoo (an Indonesian famous kung fu novel writer) often put this in his story: there’s always a sky above a sky.

 

NOTE: Thanks Pastor Albert for sharing this story.

Negative Side of A School With Many Nanny-Raised Children

This morning I had conversation with my wife that leads me to an interesting thinking.

The background of our conversation was this. One time, our son was suddenly crying in his class. My wife observed this happened twice, and she arrived into a conclusion that he was crying because one of his friends often crying in the class (also suddenly, without certain reason).

Before I continue, let me describe the school. The school doesn’t have any international or national-plus labels, but the children are from many countries and the class is in English. The school fee is quite high. Some of the children are coming from rich families, and some others are from working class families. I can say that most of the expats are from working class families, and most Indonesian are the riches (not all, we and some others are not). I don’t know if it’s because of the culture or lifestyle, or because of both parents are working (this we know is true for some), some of the children are going to school and back home accompanied by nannies. These children are also raised and grown up with their nannies. My wife and all the expats moms are going to the school with our children, no nanny.

Now back again to our son. His friend, who often crying suddenly, is one of the children who are raised by nannies. So, our conversation leads me to this thinking: the negative side (or the thing that we as parents should aware of) of an expensive school, is that there can be many unhappy children inside. We all know that children influence each other greatly in their interactions.

They are unhappy because they are not close to their moms or dads. They are raised by nannies. They probably don’t feel the love of their parents. Although the parents are actually love them.

The problem of these unhappy children is not only their moods but also their attitude. One of the kids we know looks for attention by disturbing other children. I know by experience that this kind of attitude happens in most schools, but certainly we don’t want that to happen while our children are 3 years old.

I don’t say that all expensive schools are bad in this matter, but if the fee is high, I think there are more probability that these nanny-raised children are there.

So parents should think about this before enrolling our children to any school. We, ourselves, are going to move our son to another school by next year.

Real Steel, Moral of The Story

It’s been many years since the last time I went to movie. This time I watched Real Steel, a very good movie, I think. It’s not only a robot movie, but filled in with many philosophy. Well, the robots are cool too.

Here are my thoughts after watching it:

  1. If you’re a father, no matter how ‘fail’ you think you are, your kids will always want you to be their hero. They want to be proud of you. They ARE proud of you.
  2. If you’re a kid, you know you have a father. No matter how ‘bad’ you think he is, he IS your father. When you say – or even if you only think – that you are proud of him, it’ll make him a better man.
  3. No matter how good you build a robot, you are the builder. The robot will not outsmart you as a human.
  4. That’s because we’re not God. We can’t create human.
  5. Think before you do, and think about what you did.
  6. Some things in this world is worth a 1200 miles travelling.
  7. Never forget who saved you.
  8. It’s not the size that matters.

Being a father, I think lesson number one is the most important. It can give you strength when you ‘fight’ for your family.

Other than that, there are also some cool gadgets in the movie: hp ‘glass’ laptop and robot controller, nokia coolest smartphone, and xbox 720 banner.

One more thing, my emotion was moved with every Atom’s fights (Atom is the hero robot, he has human-like fighting style and he can dance too!).

If you have teenagers, go watch the movie together. It’s worth your time and money. If you don’t have, it’s still worth it.

Only When You Know Where You’re Going, You Can Write Something Like This…

 Graduation

 Friends and family who love B** Re******,It is my great privilege to announce Dad’s last battle has been won!  Victory is His, and Dad’s treasure is being claimed in Heaven – Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  “Lord, thank you for the gift of yourself as presented to us through the life and love of Ro**** Ed**** Re******!  We have indeed been blessed.”  We can all imagine the celebration and joy on Dad’s face as he enters the Glory of His Righteousness – Dad beaming in gratitude and thanksgiving as he rolls up his sleeves and asks for an assignment while kneeling in worship.

Tonight, at 9:10 this evening, surrounded by family, Dad made his final departure from home in Colorado, while arriving home in the arms of God.  No miles earned or used on this one – upgrades guaranteed, legroom eternal!  Thank you for your prayers – throughout the years, and particularly at this time of Dad’s honor and reward.  Our family has had the great blessing of your fellowship and care.  We have a very special appreciation and love for all of you, and the whole world fellowship who have affirmed Dad as friend and brother in Christ.

Dad loved life in a passionate and open affair.  He loved nothing more than being a part of The Great Commission; to labor for Love, and being an introduction to Christ Jesus.  I can testify better than others to his unshakable and gracious forgiveness, and eternal encouragement.  

John the Baptist, cousin and precursor, baptizer to Jesus of Nazareth, himself an early martyr offering his head upon a platter: “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Well done, Dad!  

We are thankful.  Amen.

In His Love,

Ma**

Ps – I send this with the regret I have for undoubtedly missing the inclusion of many important friends in distribution of this note.  Please pass on the word of Dad’s homecoming with the sincere love and appreciation appropriate to his fellowship.  Your in Christ, the Re******.