Because it accepts and tolerates too much, society and its systems of education can prevent growth in discipline and sensitivity to the spiritual. When they do, it is a root of the "religious" crisis in the West.
Discipline puts us in more direct contact with Heaven.
When self-discipline increases, so too does joy, for the key to happiness is often just that: self-regulation of body, thoughts, and emotions. Tidy your life. This releases the spirit.
We hurt ourselves when we have emotions like anxiety, for worry is a result of envisioning the future without God.
When we linger too much on the future, anxieties, in the words of one wise locutionist, "sprout like mushrooms." "Remember the promise of My continual Presence," we are told.
Fast from worry. And with fasting, cast out nettlesome -- and often sinful -- thoughts.
You may be more on the right path than you often give yourself credit for, so fast, too, from self-denigration.
Lift yourself up and you will lift up others. Self-rejection drains spiritual energy. Self control increases it. Discouragement is "inspiration" from the devil, despair his goal.
Listen more to God, noted someone who is very wise, and less to your doubts. God is bringing you along the path He designed solely for you. It's as unique -- that path -- as your fingerprints.
Don't expect others to be like the Lord -- to understand His ways with you. And don't try to comprehend His ways with others.
He reveals life to us minute to minute, day to day. In all that arises -- each moment -- simply listen for His guidance, not the world's.
And don't allow unexpected events to throw you off course. Cherish them as learning events.
The mysteries of life are too deep to unearth. Collaborate with God and wait on Him to teach you. He is the teacher. He is not in a hurry. He has been around for infinity. He will show you. Accept His schedule.
Fast during Lent to show Him that you can rise above the flesh and above impatience and above fear, which is faith in the devil.
As you do, your soul purifies.
Share your joys with God as well as your problems. Awareness of Him in every situation regardless of how "bad" it seems brings nearness, while we distance ourselves from Him -- stress leads to distress -- when we are caught up in the anxieties, and the stimuli, most worthless, of the world.
He is taking care of you. All you have to do is release yourself into His Presence -- feeling the Light of His nearness, His warmth.
Never compare yourself to others. Everyone has a different journey. Someone may be gifted with strength while others are gifted with fragility; someone with good looks and another with homeliness; He gives us what we need for our stations in life -- the roles we play -- and the development of our souls.
Let God enrich your through weaknesses; you do that by giving Him your challenges, your fretting, your "failures."
There is no failure if it improves sanctity (and reliance on Him).
For those who love Him, everything -- everything -- fits into a pattern for good, according to that design and purpose.
If we could see how close He is, we would never again doubt His care, nor let anxiety overtake us, nor fall into the traps of a society that negates joy as it "educates" us to be distant from the Lord.
[resources: Freed and healed Through Fasting]