Orthodox Thought for the Day


Thursday, March 27, 2014

A rough and rugged life

You complain that your life is 'rough and rugged.'  But whatever we do is always like that.  Where there are men, there are passions, narrow-mindedness, selfishness, conceit.  Thus it is all the more necessary for us to maintain ourselves at a certain depth, to keep in mind the all-embracing, final goal before us, to destroy in ourselves all that is petty and trivial: then we shall find it easier to suffer with the faults of others.  O God, send us patience, generosity and meekness.  We are working, not for ourselves, but for God:  and therefore all conflicts will be settled, not through our own great efforts, but through God's wisdom. 

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