That's where we live right? In the Here and Now. Last night in Bible study we talked a bit about how the Here and Now will never have true happiness or fulfillment...and the fact that God designed it that way! We're too constantly be looking to the future, to our eternal future with HIM. That's what's going to bring us true happiness and ultimate fulfillment.
So...even though I KNOW that I should always be looking toward heaven, it's not always easy. However I have found something that helps me "look to heaven" and still gives me some sense of accomplishment in the Here and Now too when it comes to training and discipline.
I know I've talked before about how when I'm disciplining my daughter for something...for the seemingly 1000th time...that day...it's not worth it. Her good behavior isn't worth that much work. It's just not. However, if I think about the fact that by requiring her to obey (right away, all the way, with a happy heart) I'm readying her to quickly and cheerfully obey Christ which will give HER ultimate joy, that's worth it. But then...honestly...there are days I can't even get that far in the future in my mind. It's more like...I'm doing this...AGAIN...because it might make life easier for her someday if she is saved, and my flesh wants to win out and give up. I can't see any progress...nothing is changing and that makes me want to quit.
BUT, if I take my eyes off my sinful self, and even off my sinful daughter, and focus them on Christ (who is seated at the right hand of God in heaven) then I can see my training and discipline for what it really is. It's worship. It's just one more way I can show God, and all the people around me, that I love Him. That I love him more than self, more than ease, more than my daughter's momentary happiness. I'm worshiping Him by training and disciplining my children in the way He has called me too. And that my friends, IS worth it. It's worth it in the Here and Now AND it's worth it as I set my spiritual eyes on heaven.