To paraphrase President JFK, “Ask not what Hashem can do for you, but what you can do for Hashem.”
I don’t mean to say that Hashem needs anything from us. He doesn’t. Hashem is perfect and everything He does is perfect; He doesn’t need my help to run the world.
However, on Rosh Hashanah Hashem decides the fate of humanity for the coming year. How many will live, how many will die. How many will be born. Who will be sick, who will heal. Who will win the lottery, and who will go bankrupt. Which countries will lead, and which ones will collapse. He decides who will get into car accidents, and who will miraculously survive life–threatening storms. He writes the headlines of every daily newspaper, worldwide… On Rosh Hashanah.
In case you didn’t get the idea, Hashem decides every detail of everyone’s lives for the coming year, from the largest to the most minute. When? Thursday and Friday of this week. Rosh Hashanah.
So instead of coming to Hashem, like so many other people, with a “honey do” list, what if you come with a business plan? Yes, you read that right.
It’s well known that when you’re working for the company, all expenses of your business trip are paid. So why not make your life into a business trip, with Hashem as your boss?
Instead of asking Hashem for new clothing, a new sister, a healthy year, or a trip to Israel, think of why it’s in the best interest of the Jewish people and your service of Hashem to have those things. If you have a healthy year, you’ll be able to serve Hashem with all of your talents and abilities that He gave you. New clothing can inspire self confidence and the motivation you need to try new things and befriend new people who can benefit from your kindness.
I don’t need to do the thinking for you… You know what you need to continue to accomplish Hashem’s mission for you this year.
Decide what role you want to offer to play in Hashem’s business, and come up with a plan.
This Rosh Hashanah, present Hashem with a goal and a list of materials you think you need to accomplish it. (It doesn’t hurt to thank Him for the materials you already have in your toolkit that are helping you reach toward fulfilling your potential!) Then ask Hashem to give His blessing and support to your endeavors.
Hatzlacha rabba (good luck) on your business plan. I hope it’s successful!
Wishing all of our readers and supporters a Ksiva V’Chasima Tova (a good writing and sealing) and a sweet, happy and healthy New Year of success and peace. 5775 in Yerushalayim!!
Listening to “Ashrei Mi” on Michoel Pruzansky’s awesome newest album, Pruz Control! I love this album and highly recommend it!