Passion by Dr Wee Teck Young
We live poorly because we love meagerly.
Wherever we are and whatever we do, it is an exciting fulfillment to share the love that is the distinguishing mark of God’s disciple.
What are we passionate about? What is the abundant life we dream about? What tickles us, and brings out the fire in us? In living that life, we may find that loving God and others gives the deep meaning to life we long for. For most of us, it will be in our home country. For some of us, it may take us places. Sow that passion!
Making disciples is not just converting others. It is also sharing with others the great Love and Truth that has changed and freed us.
This Love and Truth permeated my heart years ago. When I allowed Him to nurture my interest in the people of Central Asia, I completed my medical studies with that focus in mind - to work deliberately towards serving these people. Till this day, He gets my heart thumping, my mind prostrate and my wonder alive!
God is in the passion of restoring the relationships of a hurting and needy mankind. Even helping ONE individual is worthwhile.
One such individual I knew was Najib, a street-kid orphaned by an inhumane war, and reduced to collecting garbage for a living and needing shoes, a home and a smile.
I couldn’t do much for him but he demonstrated friendship and consideration when he came specially to tell me that he was leaving for another country in search of a better life. He helped me understand that the Love, which is stronger than human life and earthly death, will guide and follow him where I could not.
I had to grasp a simmering passion and take practical steps to grow it. After graduation, I completed further training in Family Medicine, then ran a General Practice clinic for a year before setting out for Central Asia.
Act on your decisions, knowing that your ACTIONS steer your path.
Working outside our comfort zones naturally brings many challenges: adjusting to food, evolving customs, strange languages and fascinating people. However, humans have been doing this since time immemorial. It is in times of stress and change that man has met with the most satisfying break throughs.
Do not worry too much about acclimatisation and adjustments. We will manage, more so when our Creator God enables.
The Master did not select the “Holy Joes” or the “Super- Skilled” for a start, but the fisherman and the tax collector. So, pursue your trade, skill and hobby with enthusiasm and do not pander to the narrow, man-made criteria of the “missionary’.
Remember the call to ‘change and become like little children’!
So share with others the Grace and Truth you enjoy - in the individualised context of your God given life with all its interests and passions. Humbly live out the mysterious and reasonable faith in God who lived the human life for a miraculous speck of time, full of Grace and Truth.
Sharing this helps us to live the passionate life and make it worth having, both in this fading world and in the tear-less age to come.
Teck Young’s reflection appears in Carry the Spices: Singaporean Doctors in Medical Missions and Pastoral Ministry (2007), edited by Chua Choon Lan & Tan Lai Yong, published by Singapore Medical Missions Foundations.
The book is a collection of inspiring stories by doctors and dental surgeons who obeyed the Lord’s call to spread the fragrance of God’s love and compassion as missionaries and pastors. Professor Lim Pin aptly describes them as men and women who are “moved by love and powered by faith” to beat against the odds to serve a Great God!