I want you to realize that all your experiences have shaped who you are today, whether you like it or not. God didn't cause all these things to happen, but He did allow them to happen to you. WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO IS TO USE ALL OF THESE EXPERIENCES--GOOD AND BAD--(1) TO GROW YOU SPIRITUALLY AND MOLD YOU INTO THE LIKENESS OF JESUS AND (2) TO SHAPE YOU FOR THE UNIQUE PURPOSES HE HAS IN YOUR LIFE. He doesn't want even one of your life experiences to be wasted.
God takes all of your life experiences--whether positive or painful, intentional or accidental, caused by you or by someone else, to shape you for his unique calling in your life. Romans 8:28 may be the most personal verse in the Bible: We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Your life experience is one of the most overlooked ways that God uses to shape you for the way He wants you to serve Him and others in this world. - Pastor Werner Gil