Persevering in the World

For those who find winter a long, trying season, some spiritual wisdom calling us to persist in the walk with Christ:

“The spirit of persistence springs from an inward conviction that life is but one single way that leads to the kingdom of heaven.  Persistence in walking along that is then the only means of arrival, the only means of overcoming difficulties.  Those who stop on the way, for whatever reason, have fallen in Satan’s snares:  ‘Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you’ (Jn 12:35).  That is, so long as you walk, the light attends you and leads you, but if you stop, darkness—that is, the enemy—will overtake you at once.  Regression is a kind of miscarriage of the soul, a failure, and a fall into its deadly pride and its strange desire for perdition:  ‘No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God’ (Luke 9:62).”         (Matthew the Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life:  The Interior Way, pg 164)