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My Purpose.

Thanks to my friend Johanna, I now have a copy of "The Purpose Driven Life". I couldn't wait to get through the first chapter, after signing the covenant on the first few pages of the book. And the circumstances surrounding my getting the copy of the book is eerily "meant to be".

I was really on the way to the bookstore -- a Christian bookstore -- along the grove to UPLB, when at the ICS, I saw Johanna and I decided to chat her up. Before leaving for the bookstore, she remembered that I was interested in attending church service at Alabang with my workmates and that she had an extra copy of the book. So without giving me time to hesitate, she gives me the book and puts a dedication on the inside -- and now I have a copy of the book thanks to her.

I believe the first few words I read from the book -- ... Before you were born, God planned this moment in your life. It is no accident that you are holding this book. ... And truly enough, I believe. After reading through the first chapter, I have some hesitation with ansering the questions and pondering, but I feel that it's something I have to go through towards my relationship with Jesus Christ. I still am a Christian, and I still believe in Jesus Christ -- I just don't have a lot of faith in religion per se. I would much rather have faith.

I'm definitely looking forward to discussing the book and the teachings/readings with my friends also reading the book. I owe Johanna a lot now that she's given me a start to getting to know His purpose in My life.

*Invigorated, I am*

CHill...

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