16 For this reason, we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. 17 And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. 18 For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.
“We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.”
“Of course, my friends, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however,is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above.”