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Keep an Eternal Perspective

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!  2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Wet socks. That’s the reason I cried.

I’d been backpacking for three days in the rain on an adventure course, and was awakened while it was still dark to put on yesterday’s cold, wet clothes. I couldn’t help but cry from the misery of my present circumstances. Even worse, I didn’t know when our trip would end or when the rain would stop.

No matter what difficult circumstances we’re facing or how unordinary and just plain boring our lives may seem, we can rejoice knowing these are only temporary situations. Heaven has no pain or boredom, and our earthly lives are but a speck in the scheme of eternity.

Perhaps an even greater comfort than knowing our troubles are temporary is knowing we can benefit from them. God uses every trial—no matter how seemingly insignificant or mundane—to produce for us a greater eternal glory.

God uses our hard times to sanctify us. That means the Spirit of God is working in us to make us more like Jesus Christ. We should greatly rejoice that the power of God Himself is at work within the depths of our soul, creating meaningful beauty from our ugly ashes.

With this great knowledge, we can place our attention on the unseen. Instead of focusing on our financial troubles, we can focus on the trust in God they are producing in us. With our difficult co-workers and classmates, we can focus on the patience and forgiveness we are learning.

Each suffering and every difficulty is creating an even greater unseen work within us. Look beyond your circumstances, and find contentment in Christ. He holds eternity in His hands.

Let’s take our gaze off our circumstances, and stay fixed on the One who can create purpose from our pain.

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Jori Edgington

Jori Edgington recently graduated from North Greenville University where she studied writing and communication. She joyously endured hiking 800 miles of the Appalachian Trail until injury forced her to learn to trust God’s faithfulness in a new way. She’s anxiously awaiting the day she can return to the trail. In the meantime, she’s filling her days with brewing kombucha, eating vegetables, and attending endless physical therapy appointments. You can keep up with her adventures on www.theheartofhiking.wordpress.com


  1. Very insightful and encouraging devotion, Jori! It''s a great reminder on not letting ourselves get bogged down by the cares or the world or, conversely, becoming too attached to earthly treasures. Thanks for sharing.