The Parable of the Mosquito Racquet

Recently, my family has acquired a new household appliance. This amazing battery-operated device looks like a child’s tennis racquet, but has the power to electrocute insects at the touch of a button. You simply wave it at a flying bug while pressing the button on the handle, and when the insect touches the metal wires: “zappp!”. Sometimes there’s even a small spark.

Within one week, I found myself killing more mosquitoes than I usually catch in a whole year. I loved how effective this thing was: No more feeling like my hands are hopelessly slow, no more feeling powerless against that mosquito attacking me under the table! My other family members must have felt equally empowered by this tool, because I soon discovered a racquet number #2 in the house.

And then, the other day, something interesting happened.

A mosquito, still full and heavy from its meal, was buzzing around slowly right in front of me – but I didn’t kill it. Instead, I ran off to get the racquet. By the time I returned, I couldn’t find it anymore; I waited, racquet ready in hand, but it never reappeared. I walked around the whole room swatting every nook and cranny… but it had already gone.

What had been a simple ‘golden opportunity’ right in front of me slipped away when I forgot that the aim was to “kill the mosquito”, not “use the racquet”.

That day, I saw how wanting to use a good tool can actually become limiting, when I miss the heart of the task.

Elsewhere in my life I see this happening too: like when I forgo the chance to share the gospel with someone because, in that opportune moment, I just don’t have my ‘tool’ with me – no “4 Spiritual Laws” or “Discovering God in Chinese Characters” tract; no pen and paper to draw the “Bridge of Life” diagram. In that moment, I forget that all I really need is probably my mouth, my heart, and the Holy Spirit. My help-lines become stumbling-blocks when I’m hampered by their absence.

Thankfully, God’s given us a powerful help-line that will never be absent. With the Holy Spirit continually with us, in us, we have what we need to live out the Great Commandment and carry out the Great Commission. Spiritual tools – in the form of written resources, or church programmes and structures – are great helps, but in their absence, I can rely on my Helper in every situation.

There is much work to be done. May we stay close to the heart of our task, and the heart of our Father, in the journey to become more equipped.

Hannah Lois Ng loves to read and contributes to COOS LIFE on a regular basis. She has a heart for youth

 

Hannah Lois Ng loves to read and contributes to COOS LIFE on a regular basis. She has a heart for youth

WHAT'S ON IN COOS

Events on December 7, 2019

2:00 pm: Christmas Markets

Hello Church! This Christmas we will be having our Xmas Market once again! Christmas is a time to share the gifts of God for the people of God. If God has given you a gift and you would like to share that with the church we would like to invite you to be a vendor on our Xmas Market Weekends! If this interests you please contact 94522476 or email andrew.leong@coos.org.sg for inquiries. Spaces are limited and subject to approval.
Location: Church Atrium
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2:30 pm: English Service : Ps Andrew Leong Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:30 pm: Youth Service : Pastor Andrew Leong Speaking

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Events on December 8, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Ps Andrew Leong Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:00 am: 'Goods For Good' Christmas Markets

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Andrew Leong Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on December 10, 2019

7:30 pm: Arts & Crafts Tuesdays

Location: Church Of Our Saviour (Atrium), 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on December 11, 2019

7:30 pm: Workout Wednesdays

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on December 12, 2019

8:00 pm: Movie Thursdays

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on December 13, 2019

7:30 pm: Game-on Fridays

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on December 14, 2019

2:00 pm: 'Goods For Good' Christmas Markets

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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2:30 pm: English Service : Senior Pastor Daniel Wee Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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4:30 pm: Youth Service : Senior Pastor Daniel Wee Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on December 15, 2019

12:00 am: Mission Trip to Changhua, Taiwan

Join our mission trip to Changhua, Taiwan and be involved in outreach to the locals. Pick up an application form from the Take-One rack! Registration closes 22 Sep 2019. Email missions@coos.org.sg for more information.

Trip Dates: 15-21 Dec 2019
Cost: $1,300 (estimated)
Orientation Briefing: 28 Sep 2019 (Sat)
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Venue: Church Office Boardroom (3rd Level)
Location: NA
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8:30 am: English Service : Senior Pastor Daniel Wee Speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:00 am: 'Goods For Good' Christmas Markets

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: Confirmation Service : Bishop Kuan Kim Seng speaking

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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MAIN SERVICES (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 2.30pm
Sunday | 8.30am and 10.45am
YOUTH SERVICE (ENGLISH)
Saturday | 4.30pm
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130 Margaret Drive Singapore 149300
It is a 10-minute walk from the Queenstown MRT Station.The bus-stops nearest to the church are served by
SBS Bus 51, 111, 145, 186, 195 and 32 and TIBS Bus 970.

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