I always take time to read all company emails and I've blogged before that I'm happy to be part of an organization that provides different communities for work life balance, advocacy and even inter-faith. Yesterday was my third session for the Purpose Driven Life (PDL) lunch series, where I met with my Wednesday lunch buddies, composed of 16 other colleagues who signed up for this activity.
When I was on my way for the first session, I was excited but shy at the same time. I arrived early so I decided to stay on the pantry area, that was surprisingly almost empty, considering its lunch time. I sat beside a young lady, who looks like a fresh graduate, she smiled and asked me if I'm attending PDL as well. I smiled as we introduced ourselves, aside from she's friendly, it also helps that I don't have to awkwardly go inside, alone. We decided to go to the assigned conference room, I opened the door and we're greeted by smiling faces. Honestly, I'm comfortable in meeting new people, in fact, don't feel shy (LOL) while speaking on outreach activities but for some reason I get nervous on sharing about my faith.
Fortunately, the organizers are pros, they held ice breakers by letting us introduce our name, give a brief project background and say 1 interesting thing ourselves. After that, to manage both our expectations, they discussed what is expected on the participants and what would be accomplished during the 7 Purpose Driven Life lunch sessions. We committed to attend the sessions with open mind and open hearts. There wont be quick fixes for a problem, no one will judge or scoff anyone. I came back to my work station with a satisfied heart.
The following Wednesday, we're supposed to watch Rick Warren's video but we encountered some technical difficulties so the organizers improvised and discussed what's on the video. They also distributed our own copy of PDL books and the "40 Days of Purpose - Small Group Curriculum" booklet. We agreed to read 1 chapter per day so that we can absorb what it means. We were divided into small groups that would serve as our "core group". After introducing ourselves and exchanging contact details, our core group's session ended with a prayer. It was a new experience for me.
The third session was moved because of Typhoon Glenda, also, at that time I was on bereavement leave for my Inang. Yesterday, we're finally able to watch Rick Warren's video which discussed the pros and cons of knowing your purpose in life. There was a part in the session when I said a prayer for the first time that officially made me accept God in my life. I've been a Catholic since birth, I've been on Catholic schools from elementary to college but they said that when you utter that prayer, that's when finally you accept the Lord. July 23 marks my spiritual birthday.
After reading the chapters for day 1-14, I've found my life verse
"You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you." - Isaiah 26:3
Because of my parent's work schedule, my family don't go to mass together unless it's Christmas. I've been trained because of my Catholic education to go to mass every Sunday. When I was in school, I attend because we have a mass attendance record. Even after graduating, it became a habit that I require myself to hear mass even if I'm alone. Going to church on Sunday, hearing the gospel and homily gives me strength to face another week. All along, my faith has been personal so its really a new experience to have a core group who prays for each other, read bible verses then share experiences. The last time I experienced this was on a high school retreat. It feels like I took a new step on my faith because now I'm able to share it with other people. I know that I'm a work in progress, but I'm happy that I'm a step closer to my new life goal - perfect peace.