Singapore’s National Day and An Asset Light Strategy
Singapore’s National Day, being a public holiday, was a day for farewells in people’s houses:
catching up, being drooled on by new additions to families, decorating cupcakes, sharing hopes and fears and encouragements, then saying goodbye; and
watching the National Day Parade on television with Malaysians and Indonesians and assuring them that no one thought of them as Foreign Talent (with all that the term imports, especially to Singaporean jingoists). They were all appreciated greatly, like the delicious roast chicken from near Senai Airport, Johor Bahru. Then, alternately laughing at and cheering on the contestants in Sasuke Singapore, sharing and being prayed for, capped off with a nice study on Luke 2 – a reminder that Jesus is the long-awaited saviour promised by God, according to his plan formed since the beginning of time.
A brother and some sisters drove down from Malaysia bearing yummy snacks and good news. Exciting times for all. Slightly heated discussions over excellent finely-ground ice kachang and ice cheng tng and fried bee hoon at Adam Road Food Centre.
Have had to explain this several times in the last few days, to deter any untoward excitement about supposed generosity and forestall any suspicion that i am exhibiting symptoms usually evident before a suicide attempt.
- the whole world is the Lord’s and everything in it. Therefore, not only has God given us our jobs, but everything – including the money earned from our jobs, are his as well. (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19, 1 Timothy 6:17)
- Since nothing i have is really mine, i am therefore a steward of these assets on behalf of God.
- A trustee must invest the assets for the purpose for which the assets have been entrusted to him/her. So after setting aside some money for sustenance for self and family (1 Timothy 5:8), the best ways of stewarding resources would be to do good works – that is, invest in helping people be saved and to help those in need first within the church then without.
- Additionally, because nothing belongs, ultimately, to me, there should be little personal hoarding of resources; they should be shared amongst the church community.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6)
- literally hundreds of Christian books and Bibles, all neatly catalogued into 22 A4 pages, went to the local church for loan to anyone who might want them. They’ll get misused, dirtied, dusty, lost, but at least they’ll benefit more people than if they stayed on shelves that I may/may not return to;
- the alcoholic stash of wines, whiskies, vodkas, ports, to a couple who host boozy book clubs (reading rooms) at their place where people can come and ask questions about life and Christianity;
- sports stuff and toys: basketball, volleyball, Nerf guns, remote-controlled helicopters, dress-up stuff – all catalogued and lodged with a couple who would be able to make them available for youth camps;
- cameras: the old Polaroid cameras went to someone some time ago but i don’t think she uses them so that was a misjudgement on my part; Nikon D300 and zoom lens with parents of a new baby, the 50mm fixed lens is with someone else but i suspect one of his two boys has already killed it;
- two-year old Macbook Pro: to a good home where four boys with enquiring minds will use it to its full potential;
- kitchen stuff: to three parties who’d just moved into new digs who are stressed about raising young families on one income;
- stringed instruments: Baby Taylor guitar and Makala ukelele (ah, sweet sounds), both nicely-sized for people ministering to the youth and people who go on mission trips;
- bags: the very handy and durable Freitags went to more good homes.
i write this in the expectation that this blog is more or less anonymous and i will therefore not be tempted to take pride in noting this for my own reference. In fact, it is embarrassing that i have so much stuff that is only benefitting people because i am leaving!