I have a simple question in which I'm very interested in. I'm also interested in the possible responses to it!
As I've been growing deeper in my faith, I've found that that I oftentimes need to be creative with it. I don't necessarily mean that I'm doing something that hasn't been done before or that I'm straying from tradition, but instead, I'm often embracing tradition. I'm often finding ways of breaking from 21st century mindsets. I think that's why I have found regular reading of the early Church Fathers to be incredibly fruitful. There have been a lot of very holy people who have gone before us.
In short, how do we prevent lukewarmness, complacency, stagnation, etc?
"The chief end of our life is to live in communion with God" - Theophan the Recluse.
Our ultimate Teacher says that the greatest commandment is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" Mt 22:36-40.
If you're like me, you probably struggle with continually loving the Lord with all your heart and you fail with serving Him with all that you do. And it seems like there isn't just one path cut out for all of us to achieve theosis. Afterall, our relationship with God is more like a path than a destination; we spend our whole life on earth trying to get as close to the Father as did the Son.
So how do we do that? What works for y'all? I think it'd be great to include big and little things! Maybe increased fasting has been a successful means to enriching prayer and subsequently increasing our communion with God. Maybe simply carrying an icon in our bag helps us stay focused on serving Him.
I really want to know!