Living Moments (Part 26)

by Patrick Liew on May 2, 2012

There are parties and there are parties. What I’m about to share with you is one of those parties that will stay in my mind for a long time to come.

It was the 60th birthday celebration of my old friend, Col(Ret) Tan Hang Khee, a party that was organized by his family because, in the words of his daughter, “He’s not into big party”. Quite clearly it was a project of love because that was the only reason why so many of us felt moved. 

One by one, Hang Khee’s three children came up to the front to share what their father meant to them. They loved him, admired him, and had fond memories of their times with him.

You could tell they had a lot of fun growing up with him and under his watchful eyes. They recounted how their father would introduce them, “I’m Hang Khee. This is my wife, Siew Kee and these are my three monkeys”. Hearing their hearty laughters after sharing the self deprecating joke, you would know they have a closely knitted, secure, and peaceful home.

Siew Kee shared about the respect for her husband and as she poured her heart, her feeling was felt by one and all. She proudly told everybody how devoted he was to the mission field, helping people in emerging countries with their spiritual and other challenges. 

According to her, Hang Khee felt the same way as Olympic runner Eric Liddell who in the movie, Chariots Of Fire, said, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure’. He would say, “When I’m in the mission field, I feel God’s pleasure”.

Their words stirred in my heart even though I had to rush off earlier for a speaking engagement. It got me thinking about what my family members would say about me in a similar setting.

I have to confess that, in the past I was not too concerned about how others felt about me. While I was interested in their feedback, I felt I should be ultimately accountable to God. I should live my life to the best of my abilities and use it to serve others.

After this experience, I realized that I should consider what others would say about me and leverage on it positively. For example, it can inspire and motivate me to live an exemplary life, to do well and to do good, at the same time and all the times. 

How will I be remembered? What will others say about me during my funeral wake?

What will my children tell their children about me? How will others write about me in their fb and other publications?

Life should be evaluated from different perspectives. More importantly, it should be evaluated from God’s perspective and in the light of eternity. 

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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