Philippians 1:15 - "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel."
What Paul is refering to here is the fact that he was in chains - chained to a Roman guard 24/7. He was in jail - prison - locked up. NOT your ideal life or circumstances. But he had an amazing perspective. Instead of whining and complaining, he used it to advance the Good News of Jesus. He pointed to Jesus not to himself.
You see, when you whine, complain, or have a pity party about your day or week or whatever is happening to you - you only point to yourself. BUT, by changing your perspective and seeing your situation as an opportunity to advance the Good News - you point to Jesus. So, are you pointing to yourself or are you pointing to Jesus. Is your mind on Jesus or is it on your circumstance. You can't have your mind on both.
Warren Wiersbe wrote, "The secret is this: when you have the single mind, you look on your circumstances as God-given opportunities for the furtherance of the Gospel; and you rejoice at what God is going to do instead of complaining about what God did not do."
Paul said in Romans 8:28 - "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." What is God's purpose? It is ultimately to draw those who are far from Him to Him in a personal relationship.
Here's a couple questions I'm asking myself today as I look in the mirror ... 1) Am I pointing to myself by whining and complaining or am I using my circumstance to point to Jesus? and 2) How can I use my circumstance (good or bad) to advance the Good News and draw others to Jesus?