Write a 2–3 page paper sharing personal experiences in the workplace or family life, and provide biblical points of application which speak to concepts related to internal motivation from the required reading and any relevant professional or ministry experiences.

When writing about personal experience but with scholarly sources, it helps to focus on experiences that parallel or can be backed up by parts of the scholarly works one has read.

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This assignment gives you the chance not only to talk about personal experiences that have been meaningful to you, but also to apply what you've been reading to those experiences in a way that could prove helpful in the future.

Here's how I would tackle this assignment:

You can start in one of two places. If there's a workplace experience that really stood out to you (either for good or bad reasons), and you want to understand it in more detail, start there.

If no one event really stands out, try looking over the reading again. Any discussion in the reading that sounds similar to something you experienced through work, ministry, or home life might offer a good place to start. For instance, look for places the reading makes you think, "Wow, that sounds like the time I..." or "Oh, that would have been a much better way to handle___than the way I did it."

Either way, find the personal experience you want to talk about first. Describe it in one or two sentences that will help you focus on the most important things you want to say about it. These sentences don't have to be perfect; they're just for your notes.

Then, take another look at the reading. Find two or three points in the reading that relate to your work experience in some way.

For instance, suppose that you want to write about a time that you worked in a daycare and had to help two little kids who were fighting over a toy. Passages in your reading that cover Jesus's reminder to "suffer the little children to come unto me" or the need to be childlike to enter the kingdom of God might help you understand both what you actually did and what a biblical approach to that situation might be.

Then, tell the story of what happened to you. As you tell the story, stop and reflect reflect on what happened and how the points you found in the reading apply.

To continue the example above: You might begin by setting the scene ("It was a gray, cold day in October, so when I got to my job at the daycare, I knew all the kids would be inside until the rain stopped"), then introduce the main characters and the conflict ("In the corner, I saw Buddy playing with his favorite toy train. I thought Suzy was going to play too, but then she snatched the train out of Buddy's hands.")

Then, as you talk about what you did, work in mentions of your reading as appropriate. For instance, "As soon as Buddy started to cry, I felt annoyed. Was I going to have to listen to this all day? But this was not, perhaps, the most biblical approach to take. After all, as Jesus tells us,..."

When you've said all you can say on the story itself and how your reading applies, summarize the lesson you learned from applying your reading in a sentence or two, and you're done.

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