We must be prepared to accept the will of God. The Lord permits all sorts of things to happen to us contrary to our will, for if we always have it our way, we will not be prepared for the Kingdom of heaven.
Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Neither heaven nor earth will receive those who are self-willed. God has a Divine plan for each one of us, and we must submit to His plan. We must accept life as it is give to us without asking, "Why me?" We must know that nothing on earth or in heaven ever happens without the will of God or His permission. We must not become too engrossed with our hardships but concentrate on preserving our inner peace. Even when we are praying for something, we are trying to force our will instead of accepting God's. All hardships and sorrows that God sends us are necessary for us, but we do not understand this when we are young. When we are older, then we understand that this is the way God shows His love for us.
Even when we are praying for something, we are trying to force our will instead of accepting God's.
I have had many falls, sorrows and travails throughout my life, but it could not have been otherwise. The Holy Fathers say, "How will we know that God truly loves us, if He does not take us through much suffering and sorrow?" There are times when people become depressed and despondent, which is a type of pride in its own way.
If a person loves the things of this world, this will invariably lead to despondency, for he will not find God in them.