“If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.” – C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, page 52.
Given this view of the world’s function, it makes sense not to “love the world or anything in the world” (1 John 2:15) and that we must not be conformed “to the pattern of this world” (Romans 12:2). To do so is to confuse means with ends.
It’s like people…. I believe it was a 19th century Poet said something along the lines of “take a man for what he is and you’ll make him worse, but see him as he could be, and you’ll make him better”. Is the glass half empty? Is it half full? Is our business to either judge the size of the glass or indeed what’s in it? The glass really should not matter. It’s all temporary.
We should not find ourselves held to the constraints of this world, because everything, including God, eventually will be measured within that frame. Our eyes and hearts should be on Heaven and its King, and the rewards for us it holds. This turf upon which we pace incessantly should not hold us down.