that the things which have happened to me
have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel."
There are two ways to look at every situation: How it will affect you, and how it will affect God's kingdom. Often when we encounter a new situation, our first thoughts are not about God's kingdom. When we face a crisis, we can become fearful for our own well-being, rather than looking to see what God intends to do through out circumstances. If we remain self-centered we will miss so much of what God could do through our experiences, both for us and for those around us.
Ask God to make you aware of how He could use your present circumstances to bless others. Perhaps someone around you needs to see the difference Christ's presence makes in your life. Are you willing for God to use your circumstances to demonstrate His saving power to those around you?