Working hard? At What, Exactly?
Life is hard work. But ask yourself, "What kind of work am I doing? What am I working toward? Am I working at God's will or mine? Will my work bring me closer to Him and the Heavenly Kingdom?"
The great saint tells us: "Labor, for nothing will come from you otherwise. If you are not successful in prayer, do not expect success in anything else. It is the root of everything."
- St. Theophan the Recluse. "Letter 71." The Spiritual Life and How to be Attuned to It, translated from the Russian by Alexandra Dockham, (Arizona: The Holy Monastery of St. Paisius, 2017), p. 279.