2 Corinthians 4:13-18 NLT
 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”  We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.  All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.  That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
If we focus on all our troubles that we see now, it gets overwhelming and depressing! We all need hope for what is to come.
Fixing our gaze on things we cannot see is difficult, but it brings hope and joy! God’s Word tells us so much about heaven and what is to come, life beyond this world. Let’s focus on the things we cannot see: faith, hope and love. These things have lasting value beyond our imagination.
Jesus is the author of our faith, the source of all hope, and in him love is all abounding.