All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. ~ Proverbs 15:15
The passive style of faith focuses on external things and allows the world to influence and inflict darkness before a response is made. It retreats to God's word to lick it's wounds.
The active style of faith goes first into God's word and seeks understanding of His ways for living, then responds with power and joy to external distractions and attacks.
Each day, we get to choose how we respond and live in God's amazing creation. We can decide to live "afflicted" or live "effective".
Which will you choose, today? The sins and problems you face are not new. The freedom you are given through repentence - is new. Grab it and do something with it.