Headlights on a car usually have two settings: bright and dim. One setting lets you see very far ahead. The other setting only lets you see things that are closer. The bright setting does not use more light than the dim setting. It just changes the way the light is focused.
When we choose to focus on worldly goals, problems, pain and struggles, we begin to lose hope. We can only think about those things. But if we change our focus, things become very different. When we focus on Jesus, God’s love for us and the hope of eternal life, we begin to understand that the things of this world are not very important.
In 2 Corinthians 4:17, Paul talked about what is important in life. “We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles.” Our goal should be to be like Jesus and share His love with others. Then we will understand that pain and suffering will happen for a short time. We know we will not have pain in heaven.
When we focus on Jesus, we can look beyond the things that are happening in the world. Then we can see the better things He has planned for us.