It is, after all, our shortcomings, losses, failures, fears, and needs that drive us to God. Rarely does anyone seek God when life is problem free. Seldom do they appreciate his love when surrounded by friends and family. Rarely do they appreciate his grace and forgiveness when they're not suffering the consequences of their sin.
Many people who get started in the process of renewal get stuck because they are unwilling to make an assessment of themselves; for people who believe in nothing beyond themselves, the idea of conducting a searching moral inventory is a frightening thing.
Seeing truth and accepting reality will cause discomfort, not giddy excitement or a surge of ambition. But spiritual renewal results when our discomfort leads us to the Cross, and ultimately to the crucifixion of self.