I was awestruck. Mesmerised. I hadn’t even imagined that it would be this good!
After several hours of painful toil in setting everything up to be just right—speaker cables into the tiny terminals, with the surround speakers placed just at the right height, and the amplifier set to do all the surround sound decoding instead of the player—it was finally all perfect!
I sat back and watched the opening black and white scene of Casino Royale from my new Blu-ray player and I marvelled at the excellent 1080 pixels image that was being displayed at 24 frames per second, capturing all the details (including authentic film grain!) of the original 35 millimeters film. The atmospheric sound from the remixed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack enveloped me from every corner of the room. I was completely taken aback and proud of what I had put in place.
Possessions. They can really possess us, can’t they? Being a film buff, I’ve been really grabbed by innovations in home theatre technology over recent years. Not only have the slim, flat-panel television displays completely replaced the old CRT televisions sets, but with the quality of the picture and lossless surround sound available on Blu-ray, we are now coming very close to replicating the cinematic experience in the home.
However, as I sat there watching my favourite James Bond film in a way that highly resembled the experience I previously had when I viewed it in its original theatrical release, I was suddenly struck by something. I was enjoying it all alone. That was when a verse from Hebrews reminded me of something important: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:16, ESV). We are called to be hospitable—not only to our brother and sisters in Christ, but also to strangers (Heb. 13:2). We are to share the things that we have with others, and this isn’t just when someone is in desperate need of it.
How could I have made my Blu-ray experience more honoring to God? I could have invited people from church to have a meal at my house and to enjoy fellowship. I could also have asked non-Christian friends over to meet the friends from church. I could have welcomed the person I know who has been feeling down recently, especially if it would have cheered them up.
The next time I watch a movie, or plan an activity I like, I will remember to share what I have with others before I start, not as an afterthought. How about you? What will you do with your possessions? Will you indulge individualistically, or will you be prepared to share?
Written By Sean Tong for YMI