From "Start by carrying the crosses you already have"
Conversion Diary blog
I began to see the drastic difference between thinking approving thoughts about suffering inconveniences gracefully and actually suffering inconveniences gracefully: I saw that it was the difference between seeking God with your head and seeking God with your heart. It was the difference between having an idea of God and having a relationship with God.
Anything is easier than carrying the cross that's in front of you right here, right now.
And yet, as difficult as it is, I'm starting to think that it is when we start doing this, when we begin to calmly accept whatever cross stares us in the face at this moment, we will find ourselves on a fast track to true, deep conversion.