II Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) "So we don't look at the troubles we have right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever."
We live in a society that lives for today, refusing to consider there's an end to life or accept the natural process of growing old. This approach to living puts so much importance on having it all, doing it all and looking like we're 25 years old that the results are stress, depression and anger. We cannot obtain possessions, accomplishments or experiences that require a lifetime to get in a day nor can we always remain young. We will only find disappointment in this treasure hunt of earthly fulfillment that is projected as 'living'.
Since we are so 'live in the now' minded, not only does this trap us in a disappointing pursuit of unattainable goals, but it also traps us in drowning in our troubles and woes of today. Paul encourages us to "look forward to what we have not yet seen". He's reminding Christians of our hope for eternity where there will be joys forever. It is a fact that people who do not look forward, who do not have hope for tomorrow, are the most depressed. As a Christian, we should never be in a state of living in today's woes because we have unlimited joys awaiting us in our forever life.
I personally look forward to my eternal home. It will be well furnished with peace, joy, love, safety and fulfillment. It will be populated with many friends and family that I love dearly. It will be filled with an atmosphere of holiness, righteousness and well lighted with the Light of my life, Jesus. It will be void of sickness, sadness, disappointment, hurt, depression and sin. It will be in the most beautiful neighborhood imaginable and have all the amenities that anyone could ever want.
When I keep all of these things in my remembrance, the pleasures and treasures of today don't lure my heart into a depressing pursuit nor do the woes and troubles that I am experiencing now rob me of peace and joy.