16 July 2023

A boy saved an entire bus of school children because he did not have a mobile phone. While on the way home, the bus driver suddenly fainted and remained motionless. The bus was without control. The boy rushed to the front, caught hold of the steering wheel and stopped the bus. The whole bus was saved from a potential terrible accident. He was the only one who knew what was happening because he was not engrossed on the phone. The boy was honoured by the city and was also awarded the key to the city. The bus driver also made a full recovery. During the post award celebration, the reporter asked the boy how he felt. He only said: “My parents are just old school.”

No! I am not talking about addiction to the phone, though much can be said. Despite the honour that the boy received, all he can think of is to own a phone and to be “addicted” to it like the rest of the people. Had he owned a phone; the whole bus could be dead. It is difficult for people today to understand the weight of different things, comparing honour with merely owning a phone. What is important is not as vital as instant gratification. To be able to make a difference is not as important as just being another one in the crowd.

Brothers and sisters, we are in this world but we are not of this world. We are to be different from the rest in the way we live – in holiness and love for one another. We are to be disciples of Christ and live for the glory of God. Are we to give these up for something as trivial and temporal as owning a phone that will be obsolete very quickly.

The eternal weight of Glory is way too precious for us to give up. We have to learn to look beyond the temporal and seek eternity. What matters and what’s not, the ability to differentiate them need us to have wisdom of the Lord. Live a life that is close to the Lord, see the world through the eyes of the Lord (via Holy Scripture). Then we will live a worthwhile life.

God bless,
In Christ’s service,

Barry Leong






Barry Leong


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