The name "Jeremy Lin" is not unfamiliar to many who are Christians or NBA fans or the North American Chinese Community. He is one of the few Asian Americans and the first of a Chinese descent to play in the league.
Born and raised in California, this Harvard University graduate stepped into the limelight in 2012 after he was promoted to the starting lineup by leading the New York Knicks to a winning streak. His sudden fame created a lot of buzz in all media platforms not only because of his ethnic background, but also because of his outspoken faith in Jesus.
Subsequently, Lin was named as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World" in Times Magazine for 2012. This became a platform for him to share his faith to a wider, global audience. He has been effectively using his influence by creating Youtube videos that inspire and encourage the youths and teens who are looking up to him, and to anyone who would watch and listen.
Lin founded the Jeremy Lin Foundation, aiming to "love and serve children and youth, by providing hope, empowerment and leadership development." He truly believes because God first loved us, we too have the capacity to love others through our actions. Thus, this non-profit organization is committed to making an impact on the lives of children, youths and their communities.
According to Lin's Youtube page for the short film, this film was "inspired by the true story a young Burmese refugee who overcomes his challenges and fears with the help of a dedicated mentor who invests the time and energy into helping him. In turn, he pays it forward by reaching out and helping somebody else as well. "
Many of us have shared similar experiences and challenges when we are faced with a new environment - fears of being the "odd one out".
In this time and age of globalization, immigration and mixing of cultures is not an uncommon thing. People of all ethnic backgrounds are converging in one place or another. Not understanding the language and culture of the new home can cause a lot of sorrow and bitterness.
Yet, the misunderstanding is just a one way street. Stereotypes and labels are placed on both parties at the same time, simply because one does not understand the background of the other.
This film clearly shows us the power of love when it is put into action.
Take that first step to understand someone who might be "different" from you today, be it a social or racial difference.
Everyone has a story to tell.
Perhaps it's time for you to find out and step up with love.
You might be pleasantly surprised.
"My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." - 1 John 3:18
"Lost for Words" Behind the Scenes