"Virtue starts to grow in a heart that desires the will of God. It is not a question of knowing a lot, or being talented, or even of doing great deeds. All that you really need is to long to belong completely to God. But how does your will come to this place? by conforming little by little, but without reservation, to what God wants. You must learn to bring your weak will in line with God's all-powerful one. Here you will find inexhaustible and never-ending peace and joy.
Adore, praise, and bless God for everything! See Him in all things. There is no longer anything truly evil in your life for God uses even the most terrible sufferings to work for your good because you love Him. Can the troubles God uses to purify your life be called evil? Think of what these troubles accomplish in your life.
Rest all your cares on the bosom of the Father. Be content to follow His will in all things, and to let Him bring your will into harmony and oneness with Him. Do not resist Him as He works within you. If you feel resistance rising up inside of you, turn to Him and take His side against your own rebellious nature. He will know what to do. Learn not to grive the Holy Spirit within you, for He watches over your inner life. Learn from past mistakes you have made without getting discouraged.
How can you better glorify God than by renouncing your own desires and letting Him do what pleases Him? He is truly your God when you see nothing but the hand of God ruling over all things in your life, and you worship Him with no outside pressure and even with no inward comfort.
To want to serve God in some conditions, but not others, is to serve Him in your own way. But to put no limits on your submission to God is truly dying to yourself. This is how to worship God!
Open yourself to God without measure. Let His life flow through you like a torrent. Fear nothing on the road you are walking. God will lead you by the hand. Let your love for Him cast out the fear you feel for yourself."
This particular bit from Fenelon totally blew me away: "There is no longer anything truly evil in your life for God uses even the most terrible sufferings to work for your good because you love Him. Can the troubles God uses to purify your life be called evil?"
Wow! How incredible of a statement is that? Without God, we have no chance but to sink into a slow downward spiral, with all the difficulties and uncertainties of life pulling on us and catching us up until we are reduced to nothing. But we have a God whose heart is all about drawing out the beauty in everything. We have a God that works beauty into even the ugliest of circumstances; who meets us in the dungeons--sometimes literal ones, but more often in the ones we build for ourselves inside--and starts breathing His life into us right where we're at. We have a God that doesn't waste a single moment; who custom-fits everything He does and says in our lives to draw out the best of us.
Choose right now to really believe that right where you are is exactly where God has placed you. Start right here, right now, to let Him have His way in your life. No special prayers, no list of steps...just surrender to Him; yield to Him. Learn to be second, to let God weave His beauty through every part of your life.