Lately, I have been re-reading Vladimir Lossky's The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, one of the most profound and well-loved twentieth-century works of Orthodox theology. I first read it in 2003 (probably a bit too quickly) while going through the St. Stephen's Course of Orthodox Theology. This deep and profound book is a must-read for all who would understand Orthodoxy.
The other day, I came across a great quote that I apparently skimmed over too quickly the first time. I didn't even remember having read it. This quote succinctly expresses the Orthodox understanding of our calling as human persons:
The perfection of the person consists in self-abandonment: the person expresses itself most truly in that it renounces to exist for itself.
May God give us all the strength to renounce existing only for ourselves and live above all else for God and others as did our Lord Jesus.