I came across this observation by the French priest Michel Quoist and took it to mean that we need to turn a beam of light on our inner selves, to ask ourselves whether we are complacent, and whether we are quilty of a false grace. Quoist comments,
We are satisfied by our decent little lives. We are pleased with our good habits; we take them for virtues. We are pleased with our little efforts; we take them for progress. We are proud of our activities; they make us think we are giving ourselves. We are impressed with out influence; we imagine that it will transform lives. We are proud of what we give, though it hides what we withhold. We may even be mistaking a set of coinciding egoisms for real friendship.
Wow, take about a smack in the head! What ever makes us think living this life out in our faith is something we can do on our own? What if we simply decided to walk with Christ in surrender and submission and spent less time on our intentional activities to do grace?