At this time of year, I like to repeat St. Ephraim’s prayer:
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me a spirit of laziness, faintheartedness, love of power and idle talk.
But freely give to me, your servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love.
In the course I’m teaching on the Pauline Epistles, we recently examined Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3 that exhort serious disciples to both put off the old way of life and put on the new way of life. Our formation into Christ-likeness accelerates when we both resist the pull of the earth-life and feed the seed of heaven’s life.