It’s a terrible temptation to look for the easy way out. In the spiritual life, there are no shortcuts. There is no path to lowliness that bypasses renunciation and spiritual battle.

When I am tempted, how willing am I to fight for holiness? Am I able to dig in and call upon god to support me in my weakness? How humble can I get?

O Gracious god, make humble. May I have the courage to wage spiritual battle and to rely on You to sustain me in need. Grant me the courage to need You.