After Moving Out of the School Dormitory
This is a translation of an article by Zhang Zhe-hao originally published in http://www.luke54.org/view/15/807.html on June 11, 2010
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†On June 28, 2009, I moved from my college dormitory into the ‚Äúbrothers‚Äô house‚ÄĚ which the church prepared for [male] Christian students. This day became a turning point in my life. I started to walk on a path that comes with tears yet is all the time sweet.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I still remember dormitory life during my first year. There was mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding among my roommates. Compared to the other rooms, I had the best environment to spend my college days. In the dormitory, however, he was him and I was me from the first day to the last. There was an invisible wall between each roommate that cut across the ties between each other‚Äôs heart. We were concerned for one another, but it was limited. We took care of each other, but it was brief. In the end, human love is too limited.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Sometimes I might have offended my roommate, but due to mutual tolerance, we did not quarrel. It was good that I knew I was at fault. I was afraid of being completely unaware, so that there was not even chance for reconciliation. Sometimes I wanted to give a suggestion to my roommate, but I was afraid my advice will not be that pleasing to his ear and will just damage our relationship. We have many misgivings because we did not entrust ourselves to each other. Among us, there was no common life.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†What is the ‚Äúcommon life‚ÄĚ [in which one may share]?
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Every Christian has in common the life of the Lord Jesus inside him. The concern we have towards one another is in love and truth. We know that whatever problems we might encounter, we have a group of companions supporting us, sharing the joys and sorrows together. It does not mean that we have no conflicts, but whenever we are faced with a problem, we have open fellowship, pray together, and understand one another.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The ‚Äúbrothers‚Äô house‚ÄĚ is not a dormitory. We do not merely reside together, but we have a rich and practical life together. We wake up at 7:00 AM. We pray and read the Bible together. Usually, we study, play the piano, and sing hymns together. We also pray for one another.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The young people of this age have many forms of amusement. The more they play though, the more they feel empty. Thus, they keep searching for more amusement to fill up the emptiness. Life in the brothers‚Äô house, however, causes us to enjoy true satisfaction and joy. There are many people in the world wanting to be successful and famous, yet I only want to be in the church, enjoying heaven‚Äôs life on earth for the rest of my life!