When we read about the lives of the saints, we are struck by a certain large leisure which went hand in hand with a remarkable effectiveness. They were never hurried; they did comparatively few things, and the things they did were not necessarily important or striking. They were not troubled about their influence. Yet they always hit the mark. Every bit of their life told that their simplest actions had distinction, an exquisiteness which suggested an artistry. They lived in God. Their actions were pure. They were free from self-regard or the good opinion of others. God saw and He rewarded.
A prayer to consider:
Keep me, O Lord, from waxing mentally and spiritually dull and stupid. Help me to keep my physical, mental, and spiritual fiber of an athlete. Give me good success in my work, but hide pride from me. Save me from self-complacency that so frequently accompanies success and prosperity. Save me from the spirit of sloth and the spirit of self-indulgence as physical infirmities and decay creep my way.
CITE: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald