St. John of Avila noted in a letter: Say in your heart, “I am being led captive to death; what is this world to me? I am going to God; I do not wish to entangle myself in earthly things.”
Matters of the day and concerns of life are to be dealt with, but should not divert attention from the ultimate goal, drawing nearer to God through service to Him. God works in us bear fruit when the will is turned away from self and to God. Life should consist of drawing ever nearer to God; thanking the Lord for what He has asked us to bear, and ever contemplating the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We can perform small acts in service of God, and God can speak and work through small events in our life. Be ever attentive to the presence of the Lord, for He is continually present to us.