The Other Pair – A Meaningful Short Film About Giving and Receiving

This Egyptian short film, directed by the 20-year-old youth, won an award at the Luxor Film Festival. It takes only more than four minutes to tell a story about giving and receiving, which moves many people.

It is a story about two boys and a pair of shoes. When the poor boy in a pair of worn-out slippers at the station saw that the other boy who came to catch the train had a brand new and nice pair of shoes, he looked at them with envy and couldn’t move his eyes from them. The rich boy extremely cherished his new shoes, so he continuously cleaned them lest they be stained with dust. However, while he was boarding the train, something unexpected happened. He was pushed by the crowd, which made one of his shoes slip off and land on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train started moving. Then the poor boy went toward and picked up the new shoe he had longed for. After a few seconds’ struggle, he decided to catch up with the train in an attempt to give it back to the rich boy. But no matter how hard he tried, the poor barefooted boy couldn’t catch the running train. He had no choice but to exert himself to throw it so that it might fall into the train. Unfortunately, he failed, standing there dejected. Though the rich boy was upset while stretching his hands out to wait with anxiety, he saw the sincerity of the poor boy, so he threw the other shoe back to the platform, in which way he gave his precious shoes to the poor boy. And the poor boy picked up the shoes surprisingly and couldn’t tear himself away from them. In the end, the two boys smiled and waved goodbye at each other. This short film leaves us with such a wonderful ending.

After watching this film, I can’t help but feel all sorts of emotions. I am deeply moved by their kindness and honesty. In a matter of minutes, they are able to give up their own treasures in order to satisfy each other. However, it is difficult for us to make such a decision. We can see that the two boys are both very attached to the new shoes, but when they face the choice between loss and gain, they use their actions to show their attitudes toward fate: Give it back if it is not mine; Let it go if I can’t keep it.

This reminds me of Job. Due to Satan’s temptation, Job who had a rich family and begat many children lost all he had. He was seriously harmed physically, and ridiculed and mocked by his wife and his friends. However, he firmly believed that his all was bestowed by God, and it was natural for God to take everything away from him. As a created being, one must obey God without complaint. And he said “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither.” (Job 1:21) and bore strong and resounding testimony to God. His conclusion on this matter was out of his reverence and trust in God. When he encountered these sufferings, he still praised God’s name and accepted and obeyed God’s arrangement for him. In the end, he was completely free, living a carefree life within God’s light and gaining His blessings.

Job’s experience gives us a great inspiration: Actually, all of the material wealth we enjoy and our family are bestowed by God, but most of the time we think that we earn that by working hard. So we try our best to get what we want and strive to hold on to what we have owned. Thus, when we are faced with a choice as the two boys in this film, we are often puzzled, worrying about our personal gains or losses. When we encounter the same trials as Job, how should we emulate him and stand testimony? God says, “In his heart, Job profoundly believed that all he possessed had been bestowed upon him by God, and had not come off the back of his own labor. Thus, he did not see these blessings as something to be capitalized upon, but took holding on to the way that he should by tooth and nail as his living principles. He cherished God’s blessings, and gave thanks for them, but he was not enamored of, nor did he seek more blessings. Such was his attitude toward property. He neither did anything for the sake of gaining blessings, nor worried about or was aggrieved by the lack or loss of God’s blessings; he neither became wildly, deliriously happy because of God’s blessings, nor ignored the way of God or forgot the grace of God because of the blessings he frequently enjoyed.” “Regardless of what Job experienced, his pursuits and goals in life were happy, not painful. He was happy not only because of the blessings or commendation bestowed on him by the Creator, but more importantly, because of his pursuits and life goals, because of the gradual knowledge and true understanding of the Creator’s sovereignty that he attained through fearing God and shunning evil, and moreover, because of the wondrous deeds of His that Job experienced personally during his time as a subject to the Creator’s sovereignty, and the warm and unforgettable experiences and memories of the coexistence, acquaintance, and mutual understanding between man and God; because of the comfort and happiness that came from knowing the Creator’s will; because of the reverence that arose after seeing that He is great, wondrous, lovable, and faithful.

From God’s words, I see a path to happiness: obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements and experience God’s wondrous deeds with our hearts, we will obtain real solace and happiness, like Job, live in freedom and liberation. In fact, loss and gain, fortune and misfortune are not important, the important thing is to appreciate God’s will hidden within situations and accept everything that comes from God. Then we will find that our life will not be filled with struggles, but it is meaningful.

 

Recommended:
Give up, and You Will Gain – Inspiration for Life
My Painful Experience of Struggling Against Fate
The Truth of Job’s Trials
The Inspiration I Gained From Job’s Experience

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Focus on God’s Names: Mystery Series of Jehovah, Jesus and the Almighty: God’s Name—What’s the Name of the Returned Lord Jesus in the Last Days? Through the former two fellowships, many brothers and sisters in the Lord show that never have they known such great significance of God’s names, much less the backgrounds of God’s choice of His names and the desire of God, despite that they have believed in the Lord for years. Moreover, they have never considered that each of God’s names represents one part of the disposition of God and represents the work of God in one age. Thank the Lord! All the glory goes to the Father in heaven! However, brothers and sisters in the Lord are most concerned about whether the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be called any other name in the last days. That is because we have believed in the Lord for years and have been waiting for the Lord Jesus to take us into the beautiful destination He has prepared for us in accordance with His promise. Now, let’s fellowship about the truth in this aspect. As we all know, God does different works and expresses different dispositions, so He is called different names in different ages. Because the principle of God’s work is never to repeat what He has already completed. This stage of work would be meaningless if He did the same work and was called the same name in different ages. For example, in the Age of Law, God did the work of promulgating laws and commandments and leading the Israelites to live. The Israelites at the time, who abode by the laws and commandments, would receive blessings from God. But if they failed to keep the laws and commandments, they would be cursed by God. In that stage of work, the dispositions God expressed were majesty and wrath, burning and curse. For instance, the priests, who didn’t serve Jehovah God as He required, would be burned by heavenly fire; the common people, who didn’t abide by the Ten Commandments, would be stoned to death. In accordance with God’s work as well as His dispositions expressed in that age, God named Himself “Jehovah.” But at the end of the Age of Law, man was incapable to keep the commandments, with the result that they committed sins continuously. In the end, they even offered crippled or blind oxen, sheep, and doves to God. God did not accept their sacrifices and they could not gain His mercy any longer. Because of such behaviors, they would end up being cursed by God, unable to survive. Therefore, in accordance with the needs of mankind, God was incarnated to do the redemptive work Himself under the name of the Lord Jesus, crucified and becoming man’s sin offering. As long as man prayed to the Lord Jesus, confessed his sins and repented before Him, he would be forgiven of his sins and need not offer oxen, sheep, or doves to God for his sins. Obviously, God’s disposition expressed in the Age of Grace was love and mercy. No matter what sins man committed, man could receive the mercy of the Lord as long as he confessed his sins and repented before Him. Take the licentious woman for example. She was caught and brought before the Lord Jesus, but He did not condemn her but just commanded her not to commit sins from then on. Therefore, in the Age of Grace, God’s name was no longer called Jehovah, but the Savior Lord Jesus who was full of mercy and love. So, if we want to know whether God will be called by any other name in the last days, we firstly need to know what work God will do in the last days. Let’s study several verses in the Bible, “And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6-7). “Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). From these verses, we see that God will come to judge all nations and all peoples in the last days. But why will He judge all nations and all peoples? While pondering, I think of the church condition at present. Most believers lose the previous faith and love and are unable to sincerely spend for God. More than a few believers chat and sleep at meetings. Believers cannot hold on to the Lord’s way and teachings any longer. Many illegal things keep emerging in the church, such as struggling for fame and fortune, raising jealousy and strife, stealing offerings, etc. They pursue worldly trends, covet the fleshly enjoyment in sins, living in the cycle of sin and repentance. For example, one of my Christian friends called me and said the other day, “I can’t help committing sins at home, either quarreling with my husband or getting annoyed with my children. In the church, I often show jealousy and hatred toward others on account of some trifles. The Bible says, ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14). How can a person like me see the Lord’s face? Doesn’t that mean I’ve wasted time all these years?” After she poured her heart out, I felt that I lived in sin and could not overcome sin like her. I could do nothing but comfort her with a few words. But when I thought of the scripture, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26), I did not know what to say at that time. If I told her keeping confessing sins could allow us to be forgiven by the Lord, this was following doctrines and words obviously. But, are there any choices except confessing sins? Seeing the two scriptures and thinking about the conditions of the church as well as the state of believers, I think the Lord will do the work of judgment when He returns in the last days. Maybe man will be purified through God’s work of judgment. If not, God will not allow us who are filled with corruption to enter into His kingdom. And the Bible records the Lord Jesus will return to separate the tares from the wheat, the goats from the sheep, and the wicked servants from the good servants, which is, He will do the work of reaping and winnowing, rewarding the good and punishing the evil and classifying man according to kind. Since He will do the work of judgment, He will judge and purify man with righteous disposition, so that man will be classified according to kind. Then, will God bring a new name when doing a new work? I remember the Revelation records: “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name” (Revelation 3:12). “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints” (Revelation 15:3). “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns” (Revelation 19:6). According to the records of these verses, when God comes to do His work, He will take a new name and will be called “the Almighty” to reign as King. 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This Egyptian short film, directed by the 20-year-old youth, won an award at the Luxor Film Festival. It takes only more than four minutes to tell a story about giving and receiving, which moves many people. It is a story about two boys and a pair of shoes. When the poor boy in a pair of worn-out slippers at the station saw that the other boy who came to catch the train had a brand new and nice pair of shoes, he looked at them with envy and couldn’t move his eyes from them. The rich boy extremely cherished his new shoes, so he continuously cleaned them lest they be stained with dust. However, while he was boarding the train, something unexpected happened. He was pushed by the crowd, which made one of his shoes slip off and land on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train started moving. Then the poor boy went toward and picked up the new shoe he had longed for. After a few seconds’ struggle, he decided to catch up with the train in an attempt to give it back to the rich boy. But no matter how hard he tried, the poor barefooted boy couldn’t catch the running train. He had no choice but to exert himself to throw it so that it might fall into the train. Unfortunately, he failed, standing there dejected. Though the rich boy was upset while stretching his hands out to wait with anxiety, he saw the sincerity of the poor boy, so he threw the other shoe back to the platform, in which way he gave his precious shoes to the poor boy. And the poor boy picked up the shoes surprisingly and couldn’t tear himself away from them. In the end, the two boys smiled and waved goodbye at each other. This short film leaves us with such a wonderful ending. After watching this film, I can’t help but feel all sorts of emotions. I am deeply moved by their kindness and honesty. In a matter of minutes, they are able to give up their own treasures in order to satisfy each other. However, it is difficult for us to make such a decision. We can see that the two boys are both very attached to the new shoes, but when they face the choice between loss and gain, they use their actions to show their attitudes toward fate: Give it back if it is not mine; Let it go if I can’t keep it. This reminds me of Job. Due to Satan’s temptation, Job who had a rich family and begat many children lost all he had. He was seriously harmed physically, and ridiculed and mocked by his wife and his friends. However, he firmly believed that his all was bestowed by God, and it was natural for God to take everything away from him. As a created being, one must obey God without complaint. And he said “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither.” (Job 1:21) and bore strong and resounding testimony to God. His conclusion on this matter was out of his reverence and trust in God. When he encountered these sufferings, he still praised God’s name and accepted and obeyed God’s arrangement for him. In the end, he was completely free, living a carefree life within God’s light and gaining His blessings. Job’s experience gives us a great inspiration: Actually, all of the material wealth we enjoy and our family are bestowed by God, but most of the time we think that we earn that by working hard. So we try our best to get what we want and strive to hold on to what we have owned. Thus, when we are faced with a choice as the two boys in this film, we are often puzzled, worrying about our personal gains or losses. When we encounter the same trials as Job, how should we emulate him and stand testimony? God says, “In his heart, Job profoundly believed that all he possessed had been bestowed upon him by God, and had not come off the back of his own labor. Thus, he did not see these blessings as something to be capitalized upon, but took holding on to the way that he should by tooth and nail as his living principles. He cherished God’s blessings, and gave thanks for them, but he was not enamored of, nor did he seek more blessings. Such was his attitude toward property. He neither did anything for the sake of gaining blessings, nor worried about or was aggrieved by the lack or loss of God’s blessings; he neither became wildly, deliriously happy because of God’s blessings, nor ignored the way of God or forgot the grace of God because of the blessings he frequently enjoyed.” “Regardless of what Job experienced, his pursuits and goals in life were happy, not painful. He was happy not only because of the blessings or commendation bestowed on him by the Creator, but more importantly, because of his pursuits and life goals, because of the gradual knowledge and true understanding of the Creator’s sovereignty that he attained through fearing God and shunning evil, and moreover, because of the wondrous deeds of His that Job experienced personally during his time as a subject to the Creator’s sovereignty, and the warm and unforgettable experiences and memories of the coexistence, acquaintance, and mutual understanding between man and God; because of the comfort and happiness that came from knowing the Creator’s will; because of the reverence that arose after seeing that He is great, wondrous, lovable, and faithful.” From God’s words, I see a path to happiness: obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements and experience God’s wondrous deeds with our hearts, we will obtain real solace and happiness, like Job, live in freedom and liberation. In fact, loss and gain, fortune and misfortune are not important, the important thing is to appreciate God’s will hidden within situations and accept everything that comes from God. Then we will find that our life will not be filled with struggles, but it is meaningful.   Recommended: Give up, and You Will Gain – Inspiration for Life My Painful Experience of Struggling Against Fate The Truth of Job’s Trials The Inspiration I Gained From Job’s Experience

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