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Focus on 'God and the good things' during troubling times

To the people of my generation (Generation Z), this age seems like a bit of a hopeless one.

The political situation of the United States is, well, embarrassing, to say the least. Climate change has started to show its effects, and they aren't pretty — this year's hurricane season was nothing short of a nightmare. There is famine in Yemen, a corrupt election in Kenya, a horrible economic crisis in Venezuela and a totalitarian state in North Korea.

In our personal lives, things go wrong, as well. We mess up, others let us down and things never work out as expected.

If we focus on all of the bad news, it can destroy us. I've found that, for me, focusing on God and the good things that are happening in the world can make all the difference.

God knows perfectly well that this world isn't a pretty place. Human sin has created a bit of a mess. When Jesus came to this earth, he knew, as it says in 2 Corinthians 4:15-18, "All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

It is important that, in the midst of everything, we do not lose heart. We can't start thinking that the world is going to end, just because the United States is facing more troubles than it has been. The large scale of problems shouldn't stop us from thinking that we can make a difference.

We still live in a beautiful world, a time period with no major world war, technology advances that we could previously only dream about, thriving churches, and social progress that is a big step ahead of where we were a half decade ago.

It's a miracle that the earth even started to exist in the first place. Though the doubts of the world may work their way into our minds and infect our mentality, we must continue to renew our strength through God, and see the good.

When we do this, the good continues to spread, and a difference is made. Earth continues to become a better place because of this mentality.

My generation, especially, feels like things aren't going in the right direction. I can confidently say, though, that I am much happier to be born into this generation than any other. Even in this messed up world, I can see that better things are yet to come. Social change has been happening, despite some political steps back. We can continue to renew our strength and make a difference.

At the end of this all, as Christians, we can await the ultimate happy ending with Jesus — and that won't ever end.