“Identify three positive and three negative experiences in your life and describe how they have formed who you are now.”
The funny thing is that when I thought about this, the three positives were long-term situations involving great communities, and the negatives contributed to greater growth than I previously thought possible. One example is my recent voice loss issues- I was forced to learn and make changes internally and externally to maintain my ability to talk. By God’s grace, the last 10 months have been the healthiest of the previous 5 years, both emotionally and physically!
That is to say that I can’t think of a negative experience in my life that was not somehow redeemed. They were not fun, and I would not have chosen any of them initially, but between the learning and the grace, redemption has come.
That is NOT to say or imply that I have been responsible for an abundance of lemons-turned-raspberry lemonade situations. Joseph said that God intended evil perpetrated by his brothers for good. While I don’t see a lot of evil intention on the part of my family or friends, I do see a lot of good and kind intention on God’s part to transform pain and confusion into joy and peace.
For that, and for a brief chance to remember and rehearse, I am grateful.