I wonder if any have more that speak to this place of balance in which we avoid extremes.
On the one hand, "Too great solicitude for worldly things . . .;" but, on the other hand, 'if a man will not work, neither shall he eat,' as the Apostle speaks towards busybodies/idleness.
I wonder if there are any other patristic sayings about the fine line between 'faith' and 'irresponsibility' . . . or between 'hope' and a sophisticated system of non-surrender?
It was said of Abba John the Dwarf, when he was younger, that one day he said to his elder brother, "I should like to be free of all care, like the angels who do not work, but ceaselessly offer worship to God." So he took off his cloak and went away into the desert. After a week he came back to his brother. When he knocked on the door, he heard his brother say, before he opened it, "Who are you?" He said, "I am John, your brother." But he replied, "John has become an angel, and henceforth he is no longer among men." Then the other begged him saying, "It is I." However, his brother did not let him in, but left him there in distress until morning. Then, opening the door, he said to him, "You are a man and you must once again work in order to eat." Then John made a prostration before him, saying, "Forgive me."
from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers