You would like your every enterprise to be successful with a minimum of labor and a maximum of profit. Sometimes that happens, but rarely. You would like Your spiritual life to be successful with a minimum of struggle and a maximum of applause. Sometimes that happens, but rarely. More often the success of an enterprise requires enormous effort for even a minimum of profit.
More often holiness comes after terrible struggles with minutely achieved visible change.
What Jesus came to save was not your projects and products. Neither did He die on the cross to save your “faces!”
It is both simpler and more hidden. You are in anguish about your failures: less wealth instead of more; broken homes instead of family unity; war instead of peace; death instead of life. To be saved is not to be publicly crowned with success. It is to be forgiven and then given new life.
New life is not for glory in human eyes but for mostly hidden gains such as more kindness, more helpfulness, more sacrifice. And, hidden from public view is the permanent reward…”in the bosom of Abraham.” (Luke 16:22-23)