Sunday, September 13, 2009

It's been awhile...

it's been awhile since i shared my thoughts on a movie i've watched. Perhaps it's because there hasn't been one worth mentioning (to be fair, there have been quite a few i've yet to get my hands on, so...).

i had a friend over the house and we all sat down to watch this movie which i've only heard of every now and then over MTV when i happened to be channel surfing on ASTRO back in KL. i've seen the main actor in his previous movie but i must admit i didn't remember him very much for his acting.

So i was taking a 'risk' with this one. And truth be told, i like taking these 'risks' and go with my gut feeling cos' more often than not i end up pleasantly surprised at the discovery of a gem instead of what was perhaps previously conceived as a possible mess of a movie.

That's not to say however that i've not had my fair share of 'catastrophes' ;)

Anyway, this movie is a gem.
The first thing that i found very pleasantly surprising indeed was the fact that it had so many 'layers' to it. i mean for a movie titled 'Fighting' which essentially revolves around the underground street-fighting scene, you don't really expect much 'thought'.

But trust me, there's way more going on than meets the eye. And i'm not just talking about twists and turns (of which there are a couple)... but more so about the underlying themes of will, honour, love, friendship, trust, dignity and even good vs evil which permeate and intertwine the plot (and subplots) of the movie.
And tastefully at that.

It's far from your average fight-flick. In fact, it's far from your average movie. There's pretty good character development (something that seems to be a rarity across the board these days) and there's an attention to detail and style so much so that how the scenes are shot themselves speak clearly albeit subtly of the underlying messages the story is trying to put across.

Funny finding a creative gem in the midst of what was seemed like another average action-flick.

*vinod grins with satisfaction and delight at his 'find'*

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

i believe...

our lives are not measured by how much we've accomplished or achieved 'in His Name' but by how much we love and obey Him.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


What is the real test of willingness?

How can you tell, really, that you are willing?

i think many a time we can come to a place of taking the easy excuse of a way out and console ourselves with a self-proclamation of 'being willing'.

It's a 'dangerous' position to be in. And it's even worse when it's in the light of what God may be asking of us.

Here's an example (albeit perhaps exaggerated or over-simplified):

God asks you and i to give a sum of money to a cause (ultimately unto Him) which we're not 'used' to (although in actual fact with God there's really no such thing as 'used to') and instead of obeying in faith... our so called 'wisdom' kicks in and we reduce ourselves to giving what we're used to or worse still not giving anything at all with the excuse that "God is just testing my willingness to give".

But that's what you and i do more often than not don't we? And worse still, we have the cheek to advise others the same.

So the question then arises... how do we know if we're willing? And maybe even... can we ever 'know' that we are willing and just leave it at that?

Or is willingness manifested by action? Is willingness proved by an actual response?

Cos' our hearts are deceitful beyond measure and to just look into ourselves and feel our way through and come to the conclusion that we are willing in and of ourselves really doesn't cut it.

let's perhaps hit a little closer to home...
When God spoke to me and said (and i'm 'paraphrasing' and 'summarizing' here) that i got to serve Him 'full-time'... some people responded in exactly the manner i am referring to above (and usually if you think about it, it's the people that have really no clue themselves)... perhaps very well-intentioned, saying, "hey, you don't 'really' need to go into full-time ministry...God just wants to see if you're willing to...".


i recollect the account of Abraham and Isaac.
Yes, God did eventually ask Abraham to stop and in that sense prevented Abraham from actually doing what He had asked him to but didn't Abraham obey and follow-through with action in faith in the first place.
Did Abraham after hearing God's command proclaim that he was actually willing but then sit back and do nothing?
It's evident that in Abraham's mind, he really was going to sacrifice Isaac. He prepared the stuff, took his son up the mountain and was even to the point of plunging the dagger in.
That is the evidence of willingness in my opinion... actually following-through with action.

i think we can presumptuously take 'willingness' too far and forget that it is seen only through action. Nobody in the Word of God was given the title 'willing' without doing anything.

Imagine if Jesus had been only 'willing', as we often define it, to go to the cross to die for our sins!
Thanks be to God that His willingness was seen by His fulfillment of what was demanded.

Not doing anything about it simply is synonymous to UNWILLINGNESS.
Let's make no mistake about it.