2 Corinthians 6:10
There is no greater example of finding joy in the midst of suffering than the apostle Paul. He was rejected, beaten, stoned, deserted, shipwrecked, and imprisoned. Yet through it all, he rejoiced. For Paul was a servant of God, and he knew that the sufferings of this world are nothing compared to the joy awaiting him. (Romans 8:18) We too are servants of God. And as such, we can have that same deep and lasting joy during our greatest times of sorrow. How? By living our lives from an eternal perspective instead of a worldly one. An eternal perspective frees us from chasing fleeting pursuits of fame, fortune, and power. Because through Christ, we have already everything we need and more. And an eternal perspective reminds us that we can endure anything because God’s Spirit dwells within us empowering, sustaining, and loving us every step of the way.