As I mentioned in another thread, although God’s holy will is one, it applies to us in two ways.
God’s guiding will (also called God’s sovereign will or declarative will) is Him telling us what He wants us to do through His commandments found in Scripture and the teachings of His Church as well as the inspirations He gives us through our reason, intuition, the events that happen to us, and the people around us.
God’s permissive will (also called the will of God’s good pleasure) is everything that happens to us by God’s allowing or preventing of the consequences of everybody’s actions (more often the former, so that we learn) and also by letting the laws of nature run their courses or not (again, more often the former, for He is a God of order, not chaos; that’s why miracles are rare).
Such an understanding of God’s will should help us in understanding how to practice “resignation” without getting “lazy.” Resignation is all about accepting, and even rejoicing, whatever happens to us because that is God’s good pleasure for us. We then accept God’s guiding will on how to act in response to this.
To do this we need two things. One is the virtue of faith, where using it we see God’s hand in everything that happens to us and His guidance in everything we do. The second is the virtue of hope, where we accept God’s strength to rejoice always and do His bidding in everything.
How far we go into doing all this is the virtue of love.