“For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts” (Colossians 4:8).
Things will happen to you—count on it. Things will then happen in you—your perspective on life will be forged; either wisdom and compassion will emerge, or bitterness and anger. Then things will happen through you—your influence within concentric circles around you will be for good or bad. Regardless the circumstances of life, as they happen to you, in you, and through you, these can be an encouragement and inspiration to others.