I don't think "miserable" is the point here, Erracht. Rather, there is great joy in being Christian: Joy in knowing that our sins are forgiven as long as we partake in the mysteries of our faith (asceticism, confession, eucharist et al) and repent our sins. The joy of being Christian lies in that we, as poor, fractured, fallen, sinful and undeserving creatures, who selfishly pursue that which is pleasing to ourself first and foremost without considering the will and pleasure of God, are accepted back into His loving arms as the Father received back the Prodigal Son! The joy is that, despite our failings, we are eligible to recieve God's Grace and tender loving Mercy! What, then, could be more joyful?
Ah, but being a Christian is also quite sorrowful. When we truly look at ourselves and assess how Christian we truly are, we cannot help but feel great sorrow due to our distance from God. If God is Love, and we are on the path to Theosis (but not there yet), and we aspire to be with God, then we must acknowledge that our present state is a fallen state, and we cannot let our personal "comfort" convince us of anything other than our overwhelming distance from God. What, then, is the opposite of being with God and His Love? Hell? In the extreme, yes. Here on Earth? Truly, great sorrow and struggle. Furthermore, we experience sorrow and struggle as we face increasing temptations from the Evil One, including the temptation to fall into despair.
Many Orthodox therefore speak of the "sorrowful joy" of being Christian. I particularly feel this sorrowful joy at Church, listening to the choir, confessing, or partaking in the Eucharist. I can cry tears of sorrow while simultaneously feeling great joy in the promise of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. If you are feeling only sorrow, or only joy, some aspect of your spiritual life requires attention. Speak with your spiritual Father about this matter.
Dear Erracht, if you find yourself at time feeling too comfortable, look upon it as a sign that there is something in your life that is missing - something which should be "unsettling". The Evil One wishes for us to be comfortable and settled. Bishop Kallistos Ware tells a joke about three new graduates from hell's school of evil spiritology. The headmaster, before sending the evilspirits to Earth to trip up humans, conducts interviews to find out what the evil spiritss have in store for the humans. The headmaster says to the first: "And what will you do on earth?" The first evil spirit says "I will tell them that there is no God." The headmaster replies "That is no good. Too many know Him personally." The second evil spirit says "I will tell them there is no Hell," to which the headmaster replies "That won't work either. Too many are already living in Hell already. You must be more original." The third evil spirit graduate says "I will tell them that there is NO HURRY. " "Splendid," said the headmaster!
So you see, we cannot be too comfortable with ourselves. We must be continually vigilant, self aware and humble at all times, for we know not when He returns!
I leave you with something from "The Pilgrim Continues his Way." I know I quoted this elsewhere, but I think it is particularly meaningful in this context. While preparing himself for confession, the Pilgrim (feeling quite comfortable, I might add), after consulting with his spiritual Father, is admonished thusly: "You did not acknowledge the fact that you do not love God, that you despise your neighbour, that you do not believe in the words of God in Scripture, and that you are filled with pride and ambition. The entire abyss of evil and all our spiritual corruption reside in these four sins." If you have this book, find this passage, and read the elder's explanation of these four points.
Your fellow spiritual traveller and friend in Christ,
the aspiring and all-too-often stumbling Christian