I heard a tip for driving on ice that can easily be applied to life: When you are sliding out of control, look in the direction of where you want to go, not where you are headed.
Regardless what others say, Christians do get depressed, disabled and discouraged. Life for Jesus was never easy, so why do we think it should be for us? Instead of looking for solutions from those around us, we need to use feelings of unhappiness and pain as reminders to look forward to our ultimate destination. We can pray what David wrote in Psalm 60, “Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample our enemies”.
Struggles and unhappiness remind us of our need for Jesus. There are some things no one can help us with, some pain no one can alleviate. We look around and find no solution to what ails us, then we look up.
The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves to be home on earth… unhappiness on earth cultivates a hunger for heaven. By gracing us with a deep dissatisfaction, God holds our attention. Max Lucado