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Topic: MIX (10/22/15)
TITLE: Vindicated by confession of shy leaders
By Caleb Cheong
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Going to the Youth Meeting of a church made a difference in my life. I realised that I started to open up myself to others as I took part in activities like singing, ice-breakers, skits, and song-leading sometimes. Certainly, I had been transported to a universe which is completely novel to me.
Another favourite activity was visiting classmates different ethnic backgrounds - I learned about their cultures and sampled their traditional meals too. It just prepares me well to cope with people from diverse backgrounds. My new boldness was an added bonus for me when I studied overseas later. Confident and uninhibited, I interacted well with my classmates who were local and international students.
After my baptism, I remember being encouraged to give a word from the Bible during the Lord's Supper if led by the Spirit. Initially, I observed others, then I plugged up the courage to share my thoughts. Being a novice, I jotted down my meditation and familiarized with it before sharing at the worship. Soon I got the hang of it, and could sometimes spoke extemporaneously.
To get to know new comers to the church better, I make it a point of befriending them. During the talks, I respond readily to the Question and Answer sessions by raising questions and seeking clarifications. I find myself a risk taker, having the skin of a hippopotamus.
In retrospect, I am indebted to my faith which started in my late teens and it has gradually transformed me in several ways, especially my willingness to mingle with others with cheerful readiness.
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