Taking the Long View
So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (TLB)
Problems are part of life, but sometimes people make them worse by worrying just as much about what might happen tomorrow. It’s like you are trying to flavor a pot of stew before you know what it tastes like. It’s just as possible that they won’t happen. The car will keep running. The children will be fine. The boss won’t fire you.
One way to stop worrying about tomorrow is keeping your mind focused on a year or two—or even further—down the road. Imagine what accomplishments you can achieve over a long period of time. What temporary problems will be over. What obstacles in your path will be removed. What obligations will end.
One of the best ways to improve your mood is to spend some time thinking about your ultimate destination. All those who believe in Jesus can look forward to a joy-filled future. You can look forward to a day when the pressures of daily life are gone, there are no bills to be paid, there is no conflict or hatred or envy, and you can enjoy eternity with Me. It sounds like heaven. Not because you’ll live in the finest mansion, drive the latest car, or walk on streets of gold. You will spend all your time with Me, the One who created heaven and earth.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
Read John 14:1-4 – After you grew up, what was it like going back home? What was a favorite memory? Have you ever thought of going to heaven like going to My house? What images does that bring to your mind?