(1) training, not trying: doing what we can do (including adequate sleep which is a spiritual discipline), moving toward the challenging.
(2) wisdom, not righteousness: living life wisely, in gratitude, moving with God and his guidelines.
(3) therapeutic, not meritorious: “God loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.” This is the nature of grace, which is opposed to earning but not to effort.
Matt identifies the #1 spiritual malady of our time as hurry sickness. We are so focused on doing that we have lost the ability to be. Soul work is slow work–we are transformed slowly. There is no microwave for the soul.