It was May 6, 2018 when my first Feast’ testimony was published at The Feast Mall Of Asia‘s bulletin.
The Feast is a weekly prayer gathering of the Light of Jesus Family, a Catholic – Charismatic community.
A Wandering Sheep. That was me. Did I find my way or I was found?
I’m an introvert. So mysterious, boring to be with, always alone, and aloof – these were the common first impression about me. The truth was, I was just afraid to be judged, criticized, and be rejected.
Then I realized that I was afraid of my own shadow. The dark side of me was I easily judge and criticize others. I argues on anything that against my belief. I’m proud and full of pride. Close minded. Have a tough personality. I had trust issues and prefer keeping problems by myself. And because of this, I always been on my own.
I’ve been attending the Feast since July 2016 – I was always alone. Not until I decided to join the Love Life Retreat (LLR) Batch 22 on March of 2017. That retreat changed a lot of things in me. Particularly my personal, social, and spiritual beliefs.
After the retreat, my facilitator from the LLR, Bro Mark Tejares, invited me to join his Light Group (LG) at Bonifacio Global City (BGC). That time, I had no idea what a LG was.
I was kind of cynical. I thought it was just another venue where I would be offered business opportunities with typical punch line, “open-minded ka ba“? I thought it’s another network marketing. So I turned down Bro Mark’s invitation twice.
He didn’t give up though. On his third invitation, I decided to give it a try.
But I wasn’t putting my guards down. I was cold on him at first. I thought to myself while he’s talking, “You can’t fool me. Don’t waste my time and just go directly to the point! Show me that business opportunity of your network marketing!”
But I was wrong. To my surprise, we had a very casual one-on-one sharing of our opinions and beliefs about life and our faith.
“…he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'”– Luke 15:6 (NRSV)
Becoming A Shepherd
“for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found…”-Luke 15:24 (NASB)
Like Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, I’ve found my way back home to our Father God when I joined a Light Group (LG). If you are a wanderer – black sheep, you are welcome home. We mend each others’ brokenness. Journey with each other. Make others feel loved and be loved. This is the core of being a true Christian – for us to live a life with a goal of being like Jesus; to think, do and love as He did. Light Groups are exactly like this, to be Jesus to our brothers and sisters. Where others see wounded, we see mended.
My friend, find your Light Group and let your healing begin.
Ask any servants of The Feast near you. Or you can join mine, the SIGA (Strong, Intelligent, Godly Alliance) Light Group, every Thursday 7-10 pm within or near Mall Of Asia area for males aged 22-37 years old.
Isang Taas Kamaong Nagpupugay sa’yo Kaybigan,
Mark-Lee Tupas Isidro
Kaagapay mo sa Mapagpala at
Isang Taas Kamaong Tagumpay!!!
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