Sunday, November 9
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” John 6: 12
New Friends: Last night was my third night singing at Kudos, a top end fine dining restaurant in Kota Kinabalu (KK). This time we had a new member to the group, a young man named Amin. It has been an interesting and an enlightening experience to partner with these two gentlemen, Abing and Amin. I have learnt a great deal from these two friends that has humbled me even more to understand the entertainment world and its struggles. I have always been told that I need new friends and well, its happening.
Amin, twenty-eight, is a father of three. He has been playing in various gigs for the past ten years and shared how different the entertainment world was for him. Being grounded as a young father has helped him stay focused on his family and children and not be allured by the seduction of the passions and temptations of this world. I saw this for myself because during the practice sessions, in between songs, he will be on WhatsApp with his kids.
Abing is a father of seven children and freelances to make ends meet to provide for his family. A very loving father, he always talks about his children and the kueh (cakes) his wife makes. I learnt a great deal about playing the guitar from him and also how to use whats called a capo. Since my knowledge of guitar chords is limited, the use of the capo allows me to play the familiar chords of C, G, D, F for practically every song! Brilliant, while he flowers with all those running chords. A humble man and well- respected in the music industry in KK.
Left-overs: I write this in my Journal this morning because what happened during the break time taught me about the heart of a man. The management had prepared three plates of pizzas for us. We laughed and joked. The guitar speaker we used was an old one I had at home. It needed some ‘cleaning up’ as it was very dusty and I said, “Guys, its OK. I have a blower at home!” Immediately Abing, looking at my clean, bald head, burst out, “Doc, you mean you have a blower!” What a laugh we had but it was fun. When we were about to go for the 3rd session, my plate was empty, but Abing’s plate had four small pieces of pizza left-over. I told him to finish his pizzas and he replied, “No. This is for my children.” Immediately the young man Amin replied, “Here, have all of mine!” There were four pieces left-over on his plate. I was learning…
Late at night, Amin sent me a WhatsApp text saying that he was humbled that a specialist doctor could sit at the same table and eat with them and drink with them and laugh with them and most of all sing with them. I said, “No. I am the one humbled Amin because you offered your whole plate of left-overs for Abing to take back for his children. You could have thought of your own but there is a special love in your heart that music has allowed you to share with your family, friends and the world.”
Both Abing and Amin are non-believers and I pray that I will be a better witness to them of the one, true, living God who loved the world that ‘He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.’ John 3: 16-17.
When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” John 6: 12 There were twelve baskets full of left-overs from the five small barley loaves and 2 small fish. I am sure many more families and children who did not come to hear Jesus and stayed at home would have enjoyed these left-overs. The twelve baskets would have been food to feed so many more people. That is the heart of God who provides for His people. What a great and loving God we serve.
I learnt from the heart of Abing that there are always others who need food and we will do well to always be humbled and thank God for each plate of food we eat with a grateful heart. We give thanks this morning for friends, family and the food the Lord Jesus of Nazareth provides each day – And now let the weak say we are strong, let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us! Amen!
Life is for learning and learning is for life – Dwight Pryor
♦ Reflect: John 6:12 – Left overs. Let nothing be wasted.