A Self-Made Life is Not Christian
"The true Christian life is the grace-given life. Self-made life - however beautiful in appearance it may be and to whatever outward forms of the Christian life it may adhere - can never be Christian. The beginning of the true Christian life is established in a grace-given awakening."
- St. Theophan the Recluse, Turning the Heart to God, p.17 (published separately, this is the second part of The Path to Salvation).