A couple of weeks ago I did a Marvel movie marathon, watching classics I’d never seen before (like “Iron Man”) and re-watching more recent movies (like “Avengers: Endgame”).
In “Endgame,” Marvel’s colossal story arc is plunging toward a conclusion, and every character knows the stakes are high. We see Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow each preparing for the fight they know is coming. In the movie trailer, we hear several of the superheroes calmly commit to the challenge, reminding themselves: “Whatever it takes.”
The problem we all face
I’ve noticed recently that it’s easy for me to drift, to just “get by” in my spiritual life. It takes zero effort to fall into the habit of meeting minimal requirements and not really apply myself to taking ground in my own spiritual growth and sanctification. I can let myself off the hook about fighting seemingly small, “respectable” sins or even just wastes of time.