Where do I begin?

This all sounds so difficult and becoming perfect like God an impossible goal. By our own power this is impossible but with God all things are possible. Don’t compromise on what is possible but think about how to take the first steps along a long path.

An easy first step is to outwardly order your life. You can begin by abandoning any activity you think might not be consistent with the commandments of God. Take a look at your relationships and acquaintances and identify those that detract from your salvation and systematically eliminate them. Retain and increase those which are beneficial for your salvation. Associate with those who share your Orthodox world view and way of life. Rearrange your duties so they are congruent with your faith. Establish your schedule so that you can participate in all the Church services. Organize your plans according to the liturgical cycle of the Church. Put order into your family affairs. Create a pleasant environment around you in your home and office with icons that remind you of your spiritual aim. Prepare and regularly participate in Confession and Holy Communion.

Make a list of what you can do. Identify those things which will have the greatest positive impact on your life. Identify those which are the easiest to accomplish. Choose a few changes to make and make them. Periodically review this list, make additions and then further changes. You want to make steady steps in ordering your life. Move forward carefully and seek guidance in your prayers and from your spiritual father.