by Timothy Tay
Recently I made a careless mistake of switching our (my wife and I) mobile phone services from one telco to another with little consideration of the repercussions. When I was slapped with a huge bill that include the cancellation fees, full charges for the unexpired terms and the balance of the then latest smartphones costs that it had finally dawned on me the folly of my action.
My Christmas was ruined for sure I thought. Imagine going to the 2-bucks shop to hunt for Christmas gifts and holidaying in Mandurah rather than in Singapore?
My empathy begin to go towards the impulsive young who fell into the same predicament as I had which was driven, on one hand, by our own lack of discretion and, on the other hand, by falling prey to all the enticing marketing campaigns put out by the telco and smartphone companies.
I rang the phone company and requested for a reduction of the charges but I was promptly rebutted for breaking the contract. I was devastated to think that I being a businessman of over 30 years that I could failed to read and understood the contractual terms – especially that which come from biggest telco of them all?
I thought to myself that this is probably a sign that my time in business is up now that I have lost the edge for wheeling and dealing.
However, just before the telco officer hung up he did say that he will take sometime to make the final decision regarding the matter. And today he rang and told me he is going to drop all charges – including the cancellation fees – in line with the spirit of Christmas! What compassion, what underserving grace, the very essence of Christmas.
What have you done?
Even now as my mind tuned to John Lennon’s hit that’s been played at this time of the year I realised that what I have done or failed to do over the past year paled into insignificance when compared to what God had done for us all when He gave us His greatest Gift on Christmas day. It is after all only after considering what our Father in heaven had done that we be led by this same spirit to do for all.
Have a blessed Christmas. Peace and joy to all near and far.
December 23, 2011
Even today from the city of my alma mater, Christchurch, we received news of another series of major earthquakes.
This is the third time in less than two years that the city had been hit prompting one to wonder if there is still more to come. By all probabilities even three times in a row is highly unlikely but often three strikes is all it takes to dampen the most stubborn spirit once and for all.
Over the recent years the world had experienced unprecedented shakings not just in the physical but also in the financial, like the GFCs, but also in politics like the Arab Spring uprisings.
One cannot discount the possibility of more of the same from happening. If at the same time other major disasters should take place like global warming, medical and sociological epidemics and others you may wish to postulate – humankind worst fears had finally hit home.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
We ought to celebrate Christmas and by knowing the will and purpose of God for this special day in history we will celebrate wholeheartedly:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6