By Caroline Cheah
It never dawned upon me how important relationships were till I entered into polytechnic.
Throughout Secondary school, I had friends, but those friendships were very short lived or built upon things such as Naruto, being in the same Literature class or mutual dislike for a particular classmate. At that point I was not yet a follower of Jesus but attended church and knew most of the “dos and don’ts” of being Christian. These friendships were often short-lived and ended with me wondering why I never had a lot of friends and graduated wishing for a fresh start.
Then came polytechnic, which included my decision to follow Christ and a myriad of people from all walks of life, who I can confidently call friends. God heard my cries for a fresh start and He delivered. As I fumbled with making friends from both school and church, the biggest lesson that I learnt is to love others as unconditionally and with all my heart as He does. Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” This verse came to mind when a close friend slipped into a rather depressive state due to her then relationship. It was hard to reach her through text, let alone meet up. Yet, I persisted, knowing that she needed a sister to remind her of God’s goodness, grace and love. It has been a year since that happened and now, we regularly meet over dinner to encourage each other and point each other back to Christ. Through this, I have learnt that to bear (or tahan!) the burdens of others is extremely tough but to see them growing in Christ with me makes the time and effort spent on them all worth it.