The most important thing is to continually switch to God in your brain when you find your brain getting too focused on worldly matters or even bombarded with demonic, sinful suggestions. The more you can practice immediately making the switch to God, the better.
Welcome Jesus as a long-lost friend, a guest to be cherished, and despise sinful desire as an unwanted guest who has stuck around too long. The intense joy and freedom you will feel when you finally begin to automatically align yourself with the cross is indescribable, and only comes in hints and suggestions.
Always pray for the health, safety and salvation of others, no matter who they are. As soon as you encounter another human being, whether in a memory of a past experience or in the present, whether as someone you actually met or someone you only heard about, pray for their health, safety and salvation.
Learn to cease having those evil prayers of retribution. No matter how evil the other human being seems to be, it is not your job to judge or condemn them–they will receive what is due them on judgement day. How do you know that if you had the chance to travel back in time, that killing Hitler would be better than having him meet Boenhoffer when they were both teenagers? Perhaps killing Hitler would have simply enabled more darkness to come upon the earth, while saving him from his future evil ways might have brought an enormous amount of light that we can’t even imagine.
How do you continue to care about the things of the world, when you just want to get closer to God? People give up on you because you are a “dud” for not wanting to go out and become obsessed with temporal, fleeting things. You see people who were once close friends, completely mixed up in what can be described as nothing less than idol worship, and all you can do is pray for them–pray that they will receive opportunities to know just how much more wonderful a relationship with God is instead of a relationship with things, sports or pop culture. You pray that these opportunities won’t be too trying–after all, you aren’t in the business anymore of wishing terrible things upon others.
It doesn’t make sense to wish for bad things to happen to you or anyone else, anyway. What does make sense is to wish for opportunities to grow in your relationship with God–and accept when God sends events and people into your life that can only be described as trying. If you receive these things and people as gifts from God–opportunities to grow–you will begin to see them so much differently than you did when you saw them as mere obstacles getting in the way of your ever-expanding ego.
But, it is important to stress that all of this should be done in a mindful, proactive sort of way. If you react to difficulties (or blessings) with no plan at all, then you simply continue to live as a simple, blind human mixed up in this karmic wheel of pain and pleasure, birth and death. If you have a game plan ready to go, where you respond to all incoming difficulties or blessings with a great zeal to see how you can turn them into opportunities to grow closer to God, then you will move along so much more rapidly in your quest to become ever more immersed in the joy of the holy, triune God.