YMI Editor's Picks - Best of 2019

This year, we set out to explore Jesus’ command in Luke 10:27 to love God with everything that we have in greater depth. We published over 225 articles, produced 24 artspace projects, and 3 videos across 4 themes and a range of topics, asking ourselves “Why Do I Feel?”, “Why Do I Worship?”, “Why Do I Think?” and “Why Do I Do?”.

Here’s a list of the content that spoke to you the most. Some of them addressed your deepest fears and struggles, while others were heartwarming stories that brought joy to your hearts. No matter what you’ve been through this year, we hope we were right there with you, pointing you to the unchanging truths of Christ. Thank you for making our 2019 such a blast!

Best Feature Stories

Andrew Hui: I’m 32 and I’m Dying

“I have zero fear of death now. When I close my eyes for the last time, I am more certain about being with Him than I can have in boarding a plane and being assured of reaching my destination.”

Abraham and Cheng Yu: We Invited the Homeless to Our Wedding

The laughter and joyous chatter streaming out of Yio Chu Kang Chapel rang through the night. It came from the hundreds of guests who were all dressed impeccably in their finest and the sumptuous food that kept everyone in high spirits. It all looked like a typical scene from a wedding banquet.

Except that it was as atypical as any wedding banquet could be.

Best Movie Reviews

Why Frozen 2 Made Me Uncomfortable

True to expectations, Frozen 2 was filled with two hours of magical escapism that kept even the adults entertained.

But what I did not expect was that the movie would make me dig deep and as the tag line puts it, “find my strength and face my fears”, instead of running away from them.

Why This Joker Should Be Taken Seriously

Joker is a cautionary tale about the villains our society can create when love, empathy for others, and truth are thrown to the wayside.

There are three stages that I observed to Arthur’s mad decline into becoming the Joker, with each stage surfacing questions that speak to us today.

Best Newsworthy Articles

Losing Jarrid Wilson: Where Do We Go From Here?

On Monday night last week, Jarrid and I had just been messaging back and forth. He closed the conversation by saying, “Love you”.

Those were sadly the last words he ever tweeted.

Finding out the news of what happened just hours or minutes after we talked brought me to a place of deep sadness, shock, bewilderment, and disbelief.

Dear #SongSongCouple: Why Has Your Lovesong Ended?

Dear #SongSongCouple,

It wasn’t too long ago that you announced your marriage to the world, after the success of your 2016 monster hit Korean drama, “Descendants of the Sun” (DOTS)—where both of you played a sizzling onscreen couple.

How is it that just after one and a half years of marriage, you’ve decided to go separate ways?

Best Topical Articles

My Child, A Gift from God, Stillborn Without A Skull

Deep down, I knew that God was not going to heal my baby, and I was meant to go through this grief.

Yes, I would have liked for God to heal our baby, but what if God, in His sovereignty, knew that it was not best for me, or the world?

5 Ways to Refuel When You’re Drained

Do you ever feel drained? Overwhelmed by life, but with no energy to deal with any of it?

You’re not alone. We all have these moments. How do we keep going when we’re running on empty? Check out these tips to help you push through those moments!

3 Things to Remember When Feeling Overwhelmed

As the burden of expectations grows heavy on my shoulders, it blinds me from seeing purpose in everything I do. I’m left feeling like all is meaningless—to the point where I feel as if there is nothing to look forward to in life.

But here are three truths about God that I hold on to when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Best Artspace Projects

5 Ways to Do Christ-Centered Friendship

Building intentional friendships, especially one that is modeled after Christ, requires the sacrifice and investment of time. But despite its costs, it is worth sowing into friendships that will last the mile.

How deep does your friendship go? Let’s take a look at what makes for a Christ-centered friendship.

“I Know How You Feel” & Other Things Not to Say

How do we respond to a friend who has confided in us their suicidal thoughts or struggle with depression?

Come alongside us as we explore how we can use our words to support and encourage our friends, and remind them that they are not alone in this battle.

Dear God, Do You Care?

Sometimes, it can feel like we are battling our troubles alone. Trapped in our own endless thoughts, silently screaming, “Does anyone care?”.

But in the midst of our pain and loneliness, there is One person who truly cares, and He is patiently waiting to reach out to us.

Best Video

Daniel believed he’d discovered his life’s purpose in a career in the pro-surfing industry. However on a surf trip to Nicaragua in his mid-20s that was set to become his big break, Daniel couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Follow Daniel’s story as he discovers where true purpose lies and how God can use our weaknesses for His glory.

That wraps up our list of the best content of 2019. We hope you’re just as excited as we are to see new articles, artspace projects, and videos up in the year ahead. See you in 2020!