God is love. Jesus teaches to love everyone including our enemies. Therefore Jesus is not teaching us to actually hate those closest to us. He is simply trying to get our attention as he makes an important point. In order to follow Christ we have to do our best to make sure He is #1. Our love for Christ should be so strong that everyone seems like a distant second.
-Start your day off with prayer.
-Read a chapter of the Bible during lunch or other during another time. Try reading a devo or a chapter in the book of James.
-Find moments throughout the day to stop and say a short pray.
-Throw in some worship music on your way to work or to see your friends.
-Look for someone to help today.
-Consult God about your activities for the day. Is this somewhere I should be going? Am I doing anything sinful? I am thinking about what I want to do rather than what God wants me to do? Do I have something planned that will lead to a lot of temptation?
You would be surprised with what God could do with a little effort. Are you willing to make that effort today?